J.P. Van Niekerk
South African Medical Journal, 2006
'"What title to give the dean of medicine of my day? Since he was not a specialist he could not ‘profess’ in a specific medical discipline. His colleagues therefore provided him with the appellation of ‘Professor of Medical Education’. A telling indictment of their view of the importance of the subject (or the person?) was that funds for travel specifically precluded medical education. Medical education fortunately fares better today, and this journal carries several contributions. As with all disciplines there is much guff that garnishes the topic. Buzzwords include ‘curricular reform’, ‘problem-based learning’, ‘early clinical contact’, ‘vertical and horizontal curriculum integration’, ‘domains’ (which are broader than ‘subjects’), and ‘community-based education’. Since we have differing views of our educational experience, I thought that I might air a few of my personal prejudices."