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Medical Education Today: Unintended Consequences and Risks

Professor L. Maximilian Buja of McGovern Medical School discusses medial education, it’s advances and his experience in the field

The medical education system based on principles advocated by Flexner and Osler has produced generations of scientifically grounded and clinically skilled physicians. Medical education has changed and must continue to change in response to scientific advances and societal needs. Yet sweeping changes launched around the turn of the millennium have created a revolution in medical education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  However, enthusiasm for reform needs to be tempered by a more measured approach to avoid unintended consequences.  Specific issues will be discussed in this series of articles. The challenges for education of the best possible physicians are great but the benefits to medicine and society are enormous.

Professor Louis Maximilian Buja

Dr. Buja is a physician-scientist who is internationally recognised for his expertise cardiovascular pathology and his research work on the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases. He has held faculty positions at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (1974-1989) and the McGovern Medical School of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) (1989 to present). He has served in administrative and leadership positions while pursuing academic and research activities. He has received
peer-reviewed funding for his research from the NIH and other agencies. Dr. Buja has published over 500 research articles and book chapters, three atlases of pathology and a textbook of cardiovascular pathology. Dr. Buja scientific career has focused on experimental pathology and clinicopathological correlation. This has included extensive work on the pathogenesis of myocardial ischemic and hypoxic injury.

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Disruptive change in contemporary medical education

Here, L. Maximilian Buja, MD, describes a disruptive change in contemporary medical education and explains the unintended consequences of that change.