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Public Expectations and the Responsiveness of Medical Education

W. Clarke Wescoe, MD
JAMA. 1967;201(2):106-107. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130020052011.
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The persistent parade of seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years, the inexorable ticking off of time has brought me now, in this 63rd annual Congress on Medical Education, close to the final moments of a ten-year orbiting journey. In all of that journey, I and my fellow medinauts of the Council have been in constant communication with a host of tracking stations: survey teams, liaison bodies, special interest groups, deans and faculties, chairmen and professors, ad hoc committees, special task forces, public commissions. Not all of the communication was always entirely perfect; some signals were misread. Some signals were so garbled as to be almost indecipherable. A few signals came through loud and continuous. Now I prepare to leave the Council as member and chairman. I prepare for the difficult time of reentry into the earthly atmosphere. I do so fearlessly, and frankly, with a great feeling of


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