by George E. Miller
Harvard University Press, 1980
Cloth: 978-0-674-23775-9
Library of Congress Classification R833.5.M53
Dewey Decimal Classification 610.7

Educating Medical Teachers explores the history of educational research programs for the health professions since 1955, when the first Project in Medical Education was initiated at the University of Buffalo. With characteristic wit and with the unique perspective of his central position in this field, George Miller describes the evolution and vicissitudes of educational research units and their impact on the medical establishment. Miller also traces the trend in educational research away from a narrow concern with pedagogical problems to a reexamination of the purpose and direction of the medical school itself. He sees a major role for educational research in accommodating the concurrent societal demands for academic excellence and for a more efficient healthcare delivery system, but he argues that, to be effective, educationists must first enhance their own prestige within the medical community. Miller's analysis of past failures makes a sound case for the prescriptions of his concluding chapter.

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