Patterns of Dysfunctional
Far from expensive, the solution
would actually save billions of dollars.
The essential change
would be a shift
from external force to motivation from within. Relevancy and priority are among the
We are in an age
of information explosion, made possible largely by the
internet. The problem, however, is that most of this information does
not filter into the rigid institutional curriculum of our universities.
Required medical education today consists of four years of high school,
four years of college, and four years of medical school.
Throughout these twelve years, a common pattern emerges: memorize data,
pass a test, and forget
what was learned. This pattern runs counter to lasting
learning and inhibits the development of creativity. If one has a bad
product, one must examine the way in which it is manufactured.
||A Plan for Functional, Fast-Paced,
Enjoyable Medical Education
Provide a common-sense
medical-education program on the internet.
Begin with a broad-based general
science program, without the esoteric trivia.
Provide a general overview
of disease, prevention, medication, the
doctor-patient relationship, and patient history taking.
Supplement this by free support
This would be available to the student at his own pace, allowing the most
|self-motivated students to complete this phase
of their training in a short period of time.
When the student feels ready, he would contact an available doctor of
his choice, either directly, or through an internet matching
program. While providing a free service to the doctor by taking
time consuming medical histories, the student would learn first-hand
about diseases and their symptoms. Actual person-to-person
contact would create a lasting a vivid learning experience.
Students would have apprenticeships with a great many doctors,
working in various styles of practices, and lasting up to six
months. If, on a given day, the student deals with patients for
four hours, he would spend the rest of the day immersed in
the study of
medicine through the internet, meeting with his peers, or in discussion
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