Twice over the past one hundred years The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has called for the reform of medical education. In 1910, Abraham Flexner stressed the importance of scientific research and educational excellence in the training of physicians, which resulted in a transformation of medical education. In 2010, the Carnegie Foundation called for actions that will transform medical education again: standardization of learning outcomes and individualization of learning processes; integration of formal knowledge and clinical experience; development of habits of inquiry and improvement; and explicit attention to the formation of professional identity (Cooke M, Irby DM, O’Brien BC. Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical school and Residency). In this webcast. Dr. Irby will describe the Flexnerian legacy and the key recommendations of the report. Subsequent webcasts will deal with the report’s major themes separately.
Dr. David Irby is Vice Dean for Education, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Office of Medical Education at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He is a former Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he co-directed a national study on the professional preparation of physicians (Cooke M, Irby DM, O’Brien BC. Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010). For his research on clinical teaching and leadership in medical education, he has received numerous awards including the 2010 Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education. He earned a doctorate in education from the University of Washington, a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and a postdoctoral fellowship in academic administration from Harvard Medical School.