An RSS feed from The Hospital Dr website caught my eye last night. The feed detailed a feature interview with Mr John Black the President of the Royal College of Surgeons in England. Mr Black was invited to answer a series of 12 questions. You can read the full interview here. Being involved in medical education it was the first question which grabbed my attention, ‘What is the biggest challenge the profession faces?’ Mr Black’s response was
Restoring all that has been thrown away in the modernisation fervour of the last decade. An awful lot of babies have gone out with the bathwater. Basic sciences and acquiring factual knowledge have to be restored to the medical school curricula; in postgraduate training, educational theory has to be replaced by classic apprenticeship; and whatever the health care model the country chooses it must be based on achieving the best outcomes not irrelevant targets and political expediency.
Is he right in what he says about the basic sciences in the undergraduate medical curriuclum?