True or false?
Half of medical school teaching will soon be proved wrong
Half of what you are taught in medical school will be wrong in 10 years’ time. This provocative statement was uttered by a former dean of Harvard medical school, Sydney Burwell. And the trouble, he said, is none of your teachers know which half.
It’s quite a startling statistic. And it is certainly not one that medical school lecturers and consultants tend to dwell on as they teach. (See footnote under lecture notes; PS about half of the information you are mindlessly writing and rote learning will soon be wrong.) It’s annoying to spend time at medical school cramming in more and more information that might be incorrect, but perhaps we can salvage something important from this.
Armed with the healthy dose of scepticism that such a statistic might foster, perhaps today’s medical students might become tomorrow’s better doctors. Students and junior doctors must learn and become competent with medicine