Frequently Asked Questions
The following are reasonable questions, submitted by our readers,
and our responses.
This page contains a
living discussion. It is updated frequently, and we
invite your input.
Donít the twelve years of pre-medical education
give the student a universal education?
A. The term "universal education" is a
jargon manufactured by the institutional educational system.
The student is led down the primrose path in ways that turn out to be
irrelevant to his or her life and future. It is
the healthy development of mindfulness. This question requires a complex
response; an explanation that cannot adequately be provided in a few
brief sentences. Please see:
Education Reform. Read it carefully in
order to receive an adequate answer to this inquiry.
Arenít tests relevant in order to measure what we have learned?
A. Occasionally, tests are valuable.
frequent testing coupled with
forced memorization is damaging to healthy mental development.
Written tests only measure a small portion of what has been learned.
They are valuable as a learning tool when the atmosphere is friendly
Q. Arenít the
internet programs going to require the same tedious testing
A. No. In order to appreciate
this, we need to reevaluate what
consists of. The internet would be used as an information
resource and a teaching tool.
Q. If the internet programs are utilized
then what will happen to the existing medical institutions?
A. My speculation is that
they will adapt their educational systems, making them
healthier for aspiring physicians. I believe in free choice, and
would not attempt to force individuals into any particular system of
learning. Some people may choose the traditional educational
route. In all likelihood, the number of students following the
traditional path will dwindle. Medical schools will serve as
research centers, holding seminars and workshops which students and
practicing physicians can attend on a voluntary basis.
Q. Instead of utilizing internet programs why not fight to lower
the cost of medical schools?
A. Medical schools are
intrinsically expensive. These institutions have many
elaborate buildings, a large paid staff, and a number of other
bureaucratic expenses. Additionally, trying to fight a battle
against an institution is futile and unproductive. Rather than
attempting to change the medical schools, I advocate providing an