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Reflections from the Dean: The regenerative power of teacher-learner relationships

By Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.

We have a crisis in medicine and medical education. We see seemingly daily reports on the deteriorating state of the mental health and well-being of medical students, residents and physicians. There is much we don't know, and much we could criticize about the general state of research in this field, but the data are clear that something serious is threatening the fundamental values of the medical profession.

I am proud to have been a physician for 44 years. I feel blessed every day that I have the privilege of practicing and teaching medicine. For that reason, I am personally distressed to see what seems to be a crisis of confidence and morale in physicians. I am sad that we are experiencing a fundamental threat to the integrity of the profession that I love. This crisis appears to affect the entire physician lifespan, from medical student to retiring physician.


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