Frequently Asked Questions
Q. The students in medical school often strive to be
the best and most educated. How could someone who surfs the
internet have more knowledge about diseases and conditions than these
A. Because they are not following the
familiar model of memorizing data, passing the test, and forgetting.
They are engaged in self-motivated and self-directed medical study
purely out of curiosity, or because either they, or a loved one, have
an illness. They are able to focus on learning without any
bureaucratic distractions. Love, rather than a desire for "success", motivates them.
Q. Don't some people say that we should not believe all of the
information that can be obtained on the internet?
A. Yes, this is good advice. Remember, some people also say that
it is wise not to believe all of the information
learned in schools.
Q. Instead of getting rid of medical
institutions and proposing an entirely new system, why not
simply require practicing doctors to continue their research on new
diseases and conditions?
A. We're not getting
rid of medical institutions. We are giving people
an alternative to the current model of education, which is damaging to
creativity. Furthermore, if the typical medical practitioner sees
thirty patients a day, he usually does not have time to do research.
Q. Will these internet classrooms really provide the fundamental
education for a medical student?
A. Education is not
something that you inject into somebody. In the end,
all students teach themselves. The internet is only a resource,
but virtually unlimited in it's scope, cost effective, and highly
flexible. It is available 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week.
There is no need to commute to get there. The internet is only
one aspect of the program. There would also be the student-doctor
relationships, discussion groups, and other resources of the student's
choosing. The student would design a program that works best for
Q. Donít the existing medical schools determine whether or not the
student is really ready to become a certified doctor?
A. Partially, but not adequately. In addition to the
requirements of each individual medical school, each
state has written examinations that must be passed. Also, each
medical specialty has a board that administers it's own written and
oral exams. In my opinion, the examinations conducted by the
specialty boards are the most relevant to what the doctor will actually
be doing. Written exams measure only a small part of whole-brain
functioning, and our emphasis on them is at the very core of the
dysfunction that plagues our educational system.
Q. Instead of requiring a four-year college education, why donít
medical institutions let dedicated and successful high school students
into their four-year program?
A. Theoretically this
is possible, and has happened in a few cases. But
because medical school admissions are so competitive, this is a rare
occurrence. In our culture, we believe the notion that an
individual's worth as a person is dependent upon his graduating from
college. Many people attend college, not out of an innate desire
to learn, but primarily because our culture places such a high value on
formal education. Unfortunately, college is expensive,
inefficient, and often irrelevant to their lives.
Q. Instead of focusing on rare conditions, why donít medical schools
make the more common diseases their main focus?
A. The more common conditions are often the least understood.
Traditionally, medical schools have a base in a large teaching
hospital. Often this is a general hospital, which admits mostly
indigent or severely ill patients, and in doing so, skews the patient
population. For example, a student might see a huge number of
end-stage chronic alcoholics who dying of delirium tremens and
cirrhosis of the liver. This same student may see common
conditions very infrequently.