ERIC Number: ED070385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education. A Report of Four Conferences.
National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Recognition of the need for behavioral science input into medical education has come about partly because patterns of health care are changing in this country and the traditional disease-oriented curriculum does not prepare students for the new roles they will play in society when they become physicians. Students must master not only tremendously expanded bodies of scientific knowledge, but must also understand the behavioral components of health and illness, and complexities of health care as an institutional process, the variety of settings in which a physician may choose to practice, and the methods of bringing about social changes that will strike at the roots of medical problems. Thus, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development sponsored four conferences on Behavioral Sciences to define specific contributions the behavioral sciences can and should make to medical education in the areas of knowledge, attitudes, skill and research. They discussed the educational process and the most effective ways of integrating behavioral science material into medical education. They identified major behavioral science components of medical education, and they examined the various administrative structures through which the behavioral sciences are currently offered in the medical schools. (Author/HS)
Descriptors: Behavioral Sciences, Conference Reports, Educational Improvement, Higher Education, Medical Education
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Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.