The Flying Medical School

When becoming an expert in the practice of medicine, on must learn necessary things which are not always acquired in the course of life or other studies.  The set of these things are wisely gathered into courses, or matters under a certain category which are useful to learn as a set.  The set of courses learned in Medical School progress in a well-ordered chronology towards the purpose of creating a practitioner with some level of expertise by the time the course of learning is complete.  A person with sufficient skills in these areas may properly practice medicine, although their training is far from complete.  Really, their training is only sufficient to keep from harming a patient during their care.  The latter topic is that of Postgraduate Medical Education.  It deserves its own study as well.  But it rests on the foundations of the Medical School.

The medical school curriculum is properly characterized into several overarching classes – two years of preclinical education, and two years of clinical education.

Preclinical

The first year is the study of the Human Form in Wellness.

The second year is the deviations of the Form of the Human in Disease.

Clinical

The third and fourth years involve experiencing the practice of medicine in clinical settings.

Here at the Flying Medical School, these topics will be considered exhaustively, as they are at a good medical school.  I am not aware that there are any excellent medical schools left, having been degraded by the various elements causing the decline of higher learning in America and elsewhere.  Therefore, it is proper to lay them out as remembered and imagined by a practicing clinician.  The inspiration for this effort is Peabody’s The Care of the Patient, published in 1927. This work strives to explore its points in detail.  Clinicians are free to propose, edit or modify any of the topics herein.

Steve

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