Harvard nurtures the physician scholar
Next fall, Harvard Medical School will launch a major new component of medical education reform: the Scholars in Medicine Program. Starting with the entering class of 2011, every medical student will be required to undertake a scholarly project. According to Gordon Strewler, the program’s director, projects will run the gamut of inquiry, from molecular biology to health care policy and the history of medicine.
The goal is to hone critical thinking and foster curiosity among students while equipping them with the tools for discovery. “Students will not only master knowledge, but also help create it—in the form of a written work, perhaps even a publication,” said Strewler, professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and master of the Cannon Society, one of five medical student societies at HMS.