Dujeepa D. Samarasekera & Matthew C. E. Gwee

Centre for Medical Education (CenMED), NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine,
National University Health System, Singapore

During the years preceding 1910, the education and training of physicians (doctors)-to-be was based mainly on a master-apprentice model; the primary focus then was on the teaching and development of clinical skills.

In 1910, however, Flexner submitted a highly influential report to the American medical authorities: in it he recommended that all medical schools should be university-based and that, importantly, medical practice should have a scientific basis strongly underpinned by the basic medical sciences such as anatomy, biochemistry and physiology. Flexner’s1 recommendation was readily accepted, not only in the USA, but also globally- including Asia.

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