Academic Health Center

Academic Health Centers for the 21st Century: Will We Have the Faculty We Need?
By Clyde H. Evans, Ph.D.



Clyde H. Evans, Ph.D., Vice President of the Association of Academic Health Centers, presented the Keynote Address for the Models that Work Conference. In this address, Dr. Evans eloquently describes the urgent need for medical schools to support the continuous training of their faculties. He asks the question: "...Will the faculty for the 21st century 'look like' the faculty from the 20th century?" He then starkly describes the conditions of rapid, incessant paradigm shifts that are transforming the world of academic medicine. In such a world, success will be dependent upon developing both the vision and the means to adapt and to support our faculties. In his closing comments about how we will be able to have the kind of faculty we need and deserve, he quotes the German philosopher Schopenhaur: "Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one else had seen, but to think what nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees."

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