Medical education serves many goals, and all of them are difficult to measure. For that reason, assertions that one medical school or residency program is better than another may have many different meanings. Nevertheless, most stakeholders, including prospective trainees, health systems, and patients, could be justified in expecting that graduates of good training programs generally take care of patients well, and that graduates of better training programs generally take care of patients better. The evaluation of medical education programs ought to keep this goal in sight.
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