Any discussion about medical education and minorities must consider the weakness of the medical-education process as it impacts on all students. While the skills of the surgeon may be distinct from those of the internist, both skills are superimposed on a general base that assumes that students should be well versed in all the basic sciences. Since the report of the Carnegie Commission in 1910 (more popularly known as the Flexner Report) prescribed that medical education should include training in the basic sciences (e.g., biochemistry, anatomy, and microbiology) and clinical preceptorships, the medical curriculum has changed very little. Although student activism in the late 1960s led many schools to increase the number of optional courses in the last two years of training and to include community medicine as an area of speciality, these changes have had a minimal impact on medical education per se and thereby on the product of that education, that is, the practicing physician.
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