The Mentor-Trainee Relationship – A Lost Art of Medicine?

Recently, The New York Review of Books, published online an article written by Dr. Lara Goitein (pulmonologist/critical care board ceritified physician from New Mexico) who discusses the current state of residency training. She makes several references to the book, Let Me Heal: The Opportunity to Preserve Excellence in American Medicine, written by Dr. Kenneth M. Ludmerer from Washington University. Dr. Goiteini writes of when and where the current model of residency training began with Dr. William Osler and the importance of the mentoring relationship between faculty and the housestaff. Faculty who were held to the highest esteem by peers, residents, and the institution were the ones who were the best teachers. However, with healthcare undergoing major changes and how it’s delivered, Dr. Goitein is concerned about the erosion of this relationship and how residency training is changing. She comments on the recent ACGME guidelines regarding duty hours as well as how the institutions where residents train have changed and its effect on resident education. Check out the article below by clicking on the link! Thanks to several residents who referred to this article for the blog.

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