A Prescription that Addresses the Decline of Basic Science Education in Medical School

Daniel Miller, Christina S Thornton, Michael B Keough, Jodie I Roberts, Bryan Yipp, Morley Hollenberg, Jason T Bau, Michael A Peplowski, Paul L Beck

Abstract


Over 30 years ago a cry rang out through the proverbial halls of academia; “The clinician scientist is an endangered species.” These prophetic words have been reverberated in the ears of every specialty and every general medical organization in deafening tones. Why is the role of the clinician scientist or clinician investigator so important that this phrase has been repeated subsequently in medical and educational journals? Simply put, the clinician scientist bridges the ravine between the ever-growing mountain of scientific knowledge and the demanding patient centered clinical care. Here, we describe the current educational model established by the University of Calgary, Leaders in Medicine Program. Our program seeks to train future physicians and clinician scientists by incorporating training in basic science, translational and clinical research with clinical and medical education in a longitudinal program to students of traditional MD/PhD, MD/MSc or MD/MBA stream as well as interested Doctor of Medicine students.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25011/cim.v37i5.22009

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