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Is Current "Teaching" Medical Students Really "Preaching" to Medical Students?
You know, I was thinking, medical school is all about preaching to the students their Commandments toward their future practice of the profession of medicine. We are saying to them:
1. "Here are Your Tools for practice We have Chosen to be Given to You, Here is Your Medical Education We have Devised, Here are Your Standards of Practice
2.Here are Your Codes of Ethical Practice
3.You will be Monitored by Us to Graduation and by Others beyond for adherence to Continuing your Medical Education
4. Your Adherence to Standards of Practice and Codes of Ethics
5.You may Select a Specialty of your Choosing and Comfort but Monitoring for Your Adherence will Continue."
And if that isn't Preaching the gospel of Medicine, I don't know what Is?
Should we, in medical school education, really be teaching students only about the options available for taking a history, for performing a physical exam, for making a diagnosis, for providing treatment and for the overall practice of medicine including the pros and cons of various behaviors within the responsibilities of a medical doctor rather than be setting a series of medical rules which have been carried down from one medical generation to another without empiric, statistical documentation of the value or harm of each dictum?
What do you think? ..Maurice.