Fam Pract Manag. 2002 Apr;9(4):15.
The future of medicine
To the Editor:
I really enjoyed “Building a New Health Care System” [Editor’s Page, January 2002, page 12]. It resonated with my own thoughts on medical school curriculum changes that I see as inevitable as we prepare our future physicians.
We will have to expand our current focus from acquisition of knowledge (i.e., cramming young minds full of medical facts and principles) and broaden our curriculum to include concepts of systems thinking, communication and teamwork.
The old concept of “captain of the ship” no longer always applies in our current milieu of complex, integrated, multispecialty medical care. Rarely is one person ever totally in charge. Nurses, pharmacists, consultants, laboratory and radiology technicians, as well as clerical personnel are involved in most patient care. In fact, the concept of single control and supreme command stands in the way of effectively resolving or improving medical outcomes, if we persist with a “blame and shame the responsible party” mentality. Instead we must begin to teach our medical students a culture of safety, teamwork, patient empowerment and involvement, as well as systems thinking if we are to truly build a new system of care.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission of a letter will be construed as granting AAFP permission to publish the letter in any of its publications in any form. We cannot respond to all letters we receive. Those chosen for publication will be edited for length and style.
Copyright © 2002 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
This content is owned by the AAFP. A person viewing it online may make one printout of the material and may use that printout only for his or her personal, non-commercial reference. This material may not otherwise be downloaded, copied, printed, stored, transmitted or reproduced in any medium, whether now known or later invented, except as authorized in writing by the AAFP. Contact email@example.com for copyright questions and/or permission requests.
Want to use this article elsewhere? Get Permissions