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Kahn, Cynthia MILS, MPH, AHIP
Reference and instruction librarian, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, The George Washington University Medical Center, 2300 Eye St., NW, Washington, DC 20037; (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The latter half of the 19th century was a period of reform in medical education. The philosophy of education changed from memorization of a finite amount of information to a system that promoted critical thinking.1 Flexner expounded this philosophy in his 1910 survey (known as “The Flexner Report”2), a document that had a profound impact on the function and structure of medical schools in the early 20th century. Many of the changes implemented at that time persist. I agree with Dr. Kanter that premedical education is again in need of reform, but with one caveat: premedical education is but one piece of an outdated system. The changes to premedical education must be a part of changes to the entire medical education continuum. And they should be no less fundamental than Flexner’s.
Cynthia Kahn, MILS, MPH, AHIP
© 2008 Association of American Medical Colleges
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