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A State Plans for Its Future in Medical Education

John D. Porterfield, MD
JAMA. 1965;194(12):1295-1298. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090250029007.
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There are so many dimensions to be considered in medical education and in its future form, substance, and balance that it would be difficult merely to enumerate them in the limits of a single presentation. It would also be in great part redundant in the context of the program of the 61st Annual Congress on Medical Education, for older heads and wiser have expounded before and will again on the dynamic character of medical education. Suffice it to say, in preface, that we are not at the crossroads, a favorite cliché of those viewing the contemporary scene. Rather we are, and happily so, in a relatively continuous state of flux as we attempt to remain contemporary in the face of shifting needs, growing volume of knowledge, improvement in teaching methodology, and the everplaguing increase in costs.

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