Medical Education System Outmoded, Says Dr. Frye
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6-A Wednesday, Sept. 3, 1969 THE SHREVEPORT TIMES Medical Society Hears Talk Medical Education System Outmoded, Says Dr. Frye By MARGARET MARTIN Times Medical Writer The present system of medical education has become outmoded. Dr. William W. Frye of the Louisiana State University Medi-cal Center in New Orleans, said last night. Di. Frye, who is retiring as chancellor of the medical center, spoke to the Shreveport Medical Society at Don's Seafood Res-taurant. Last night's meeting honored the 32 members of the LSU Medical School at Shreveport. The session was dedicated to medical education. Discussing the 1911 Abraham Flexner report which had a great influence on medical schools of that time, Dr. Frye added "today, almost 60 years following the Flexner report, our present system of medical education which was applauded for so many years has become outmod-ed. "Medical educators and others have issued calls for radical change to adapt medical educa-tion to the needs of a new and different time." Public Now Concerned Dr. Frye pointed out that "when Flexner conducted his inquiry into medical education, the public was little concerned. Now as we have witnessed over the past few years, the public has become deeply concerned. Medical research has become a common term to the layman. Health legislation has been a top priority with our federal govern-ment over the past four or five years." The educator told the physi-cians that members of the profession must "remain ever conscious of the social, scientific, economic and political changes that are occuring and maintain at all times respect of the people we serve." He said that the profession is obligated to turn to medical education for development of men and women "'earned and skilled" in recognizing these various factors as they relate fo medicine and medical care." And, many of the factors influencing health care today are not medical per se, said the doctor. The ultimate success of pro-grams of medical education, "depends upon the decree to which students develop lasting habits of keen observation, ra-tional t h o u g h t , enthusiastic study, judicious action and re-spect for those values of personal dignity, honesty, resourcefulness and courage, without which any learning is sterile." ". . . the challenge to medical education is clear — it is a summons to the intelligent mobi-lization of the knowledge and talents necessary for a fuller understanding of health and disease," added Dr. Fr, e. The chancellor lauded the physicians, businessmen, laymen and legislators of Shreveport for their "vision and support" in getting the local medical school established. Dr. Frye denounced as disas-trous and dangerous formation of government commissions to es-tablish policies for transplant procedures. Pointing out that in these transplants "spectacular advanc-es have stimulated unusual interest" among the public. Dr. Frye said there have been suggestions that "government commissions be appointed to decide whether or not a patient should be operated upon and whether certain p r o c e d u r e s should be regarded as experi-mental on human beings." "This is indeed a dangerous proposal, and hopefully, wise heads in our government and in Congress will realize that the medical profession is not only socially conscious of the prob-lems involved, but is scientifically capable and willing to handle these problems and still continue its advance in scientific investi-gation." he added. "It would be disastrous if the government or other agencies were to take over the policy making of the medical profession. This must not hap-pen." The medical educator pointed out that costs of medical care "are rising to staggering propor-tions, with "vastly complex therapies and life saving proce-dures driving the costs still higher." He said that organ transplants, such as heart, lung, liver "even though still in the experimental stage, are estimated to cost from $25,000 to $75,000 per patient." Urges More Services Members of the health industry must emerge from a "sheltered life" of the past and move to-ward the establishment of better medical care services, especially among the poor, said Dr. Frye. He said that health industries in the past "have stood some-what outside the political and social turmoils of suceeding generations," and "now we find ourselves in a great social turmoil." The doctor said that "poverty is the chief illness of our society, and until our society heals itself there can be no health for the poor." He told the members of the society that "science and medi-cine in particular, have a role in the alleviation of social ills than we as physicians, and other health professionals have been willing to admit or face up to." Outlining medical history since 1850, Dr. Frye added, "During the past three decades, our entire health and medical care system has been going through a major evolution. Ac-tually, one may say that due to the scientific and knowledge explosion, we have experienced a revolution in the health profes-sions."
|Title||Medical Education System Outmoded, Says Dr. Frye|
Frye, William W.
Louisiana State University School of Medicine (Shreveport, La.)
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