55 Plus Lecture: Medical education is in trouble

Date:  February 7, 2019
Topic:  Medical education is in trouble
Speaker:  Jacob Sage, Professor of Neurology at Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Medical School and Attending Physician at RWJ Hospital in New Brunswick

We are training doctors who are unable to diagnose complex cases with confidence, who rely too much on technology, lack critical examination skills, do not have a sufficient sense of their patients as complex human beings, are not encouraged to develop the kind of professionalism that characterized previous generations of doctors, and often do not have a sufficient grasp or skill in basic techniques.  Dr. Sage will discuss the root causes of the present situation. 

Dr. Jacob Sage received his MD degree from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School in 1972.  Following that, he did postgraduate training at a number of top university hospitals, before joining the faculty of RWJ Medical School in 1980.  His specialty is Parkinson's Disease and movement disorders.  He has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers and nine books.  Recently, he has been interested in the current state of education of doctors in the U.S. and has written a book on that subject, which is to be published in the near future.