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An opinion piece from the BMJ regarding the importance of innovation within medical education in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

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The covid-19 pandemic has the potential to transform medical education. [1] The ramifications of the pandemic have highlighted the requirement for innovation and the need to produce medical innovators as part of this transformation. There has been a longstanding emphasis on the need for basic science in pre-medical training. Over the past few decades, the number of students enrolled in medical school has grown to meet the needs of growing populations, so we are now in the position of producing very large numbers (20,000 annually in the US alone) of uniformly well trained physicians. These physicians are trained to apply evidence based medicine in a standardized fashion and have the best treatments at their disposal. But have we done enough to promote innovation?

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