Educational Challenges: Past, Present and Future


The challenge for teachers has always been not only to maintain scientific accuracy and intellectual honesty regarding subject matter but also to codify and disseminate it in a manner that can be reproduced and assimilated over distance and time. Inherent in the process is the requisite updating of information thereby avoiding stagnation and retaining an immediacy of purpose, irrespective of societal or political constraints. New techniques and curricula are often regarded with suspicion, and the task for any new educational institution is to develop scientific, intellectual and professionally enduring credibility. The current undertaking embodied in this textbook represents a bold initiative to establish an educational and scientific forum composed of multinational, multidisciplinary and multicultural experts who share a commitment to the care of the critically ill and injured patients admitted to hospitals and clinics worldwide.


Political Constraint Educational Challenge Medical Education Curriculum American Medical School Intellectual Honesty 


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