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BMC Med Educ. 2002 Jul 30;2:8.

Undergraduate medical education: thoughts on future challenges.

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  • Department of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Children's Hospital at Montefiore, New York, USA. pozuah@pol.net



There is considerable uncertainty about the future of undergraduate medical education in the face of several important challenges. This paper highlights many of the complexities of the challenges facing medical school leadership today.


A major challenge facing medical education in the United States is the erosion of the clinical environment, the loss of clinical revenues and all its attendant consequences, including pressures for increased faculty productivity in an environment that is increasingly managed. These pressures have squeezed the time for teaching out of the system. Another challenge is how to incorporate all the new and emergent domains of knowledge into the existing curriculum. There is also a need to incorporate technological advancements into the delivery of teaching.


Undergraduate medical education in the United States must respond to a multitude of challenges if it is to remain vibrant in the 21st century.

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