Advances in Pediatrics

The Past Decade in Pediatric Education: Progress, Concerns, and Questions

      The 1990s ended optimistically for the United States and for pediatric education: the country had accumulated a financial surplus, the pediatrics community had come together to deliberate the Future of Pediatric Education II, and medical education had a new paradigm (the Outcome Project). The past decade has been a tumultuous one, and optimism is now tempered by concerns and questions. Any attempt to discuss medical education needs to take into account the societal forces that affect health care, which is the context for medical education. Of the 10 issues addressed in this article, the first 5 are societal factors with implications for education; the last 5 are issues within medical education, with emphasis on pediatric education. The 10 are discussed individually but clearly interact and overlap. The order in which they are discussed is not intended to convey a rank of importance.
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