Sending Medical Students Into "An Uncharted Sea"
Imagine being treated by a newly minted doctor who had never treated a flesh-and-blood patient before. Imagine a young doctor whose had only read about medicine in books. Until Dr. William Osler began teaching medicine at McGill University, that’s how doctors learned their practice: from books. Dr. Osler began the now-standard practice of residencies – in which medical students are paired with experienced doctors and treat patients. “To study medicine without books is to sail an uncharted sea,” Osler once said, “while to study medicine only from books is not to go to sea at all.” Osler’s innovations in the teaching of medicine were enacted globally, and changed the field forever.