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Making the Best Doctors? Residency Training From Past to Future

University of Virginia. School of Medicine
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In the making of a doctor, the residency is the principal formative experience. Its three to nine years of supervised practical learning are the crucible in which medical graduates acquire specialty knowledge and skills, forge a professional identity, and develop the values, attitudes, and behaviors for a lifetime of practice. While there have long been tensions within and around residency, physician-historian Kenneth Ludmerer's new book, Let Me Heal, a history of residency in the U.S. since its 19th century origins, comes at a time when training programs are pressured as never before by government regulation, workforce changes, shifts in disease patterns and sites of care, and highly commercialized health care. In this Medical Center Hour, Dr. Ludmerer mines the history of residency for lessons to address current concerns about medical education and to assure we can make the best doctors for the 21st century. The Joan Echtenkamp Klein Memorial Lecture in the History of the Health Sciences Co-presented with the History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series
University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Childress, Marcia Day
Ludmerer, Kenneth M.
Medical Center Hour
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