Don’t lessen premed education as medicine gets more complex
LETTER — Posted Aug. 13, 2012
Regarding “To aid primary care, fast-track more than medical school” (Letter, July 2):
While at first glance this may appear to be a viable solution to the doctor shortage, I don’t believe it is a particularly good one. Consider: Medicine is not likely to become less complex with time. Critical thinking skills developed by a science- and math-intensive curriculum are more necessary than ever. Personally, this appears to be symptomatic of the overall dumbing down of America.
Jeffrey A. Pruitt, MD, Defiance, Ohio
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/08/13/edlt0813.htm.