Training for doctors hasn’t changed much since 1889. It’s time for an update

Posted on June 15, 2022

Formal residency training programs date to 1889, but despite radical innovation in science and medicine, the structure of training has barely changed. Residencies are mostly still hospital-based, within the borders of a single country. Medicine, however, has become increasingly globalized, and today’s physicians require cross-cultural knowledge and understanding that reaches beyond the boundaries of their medical practice. The pandemic showed us how interconnected in medicine we are and how we not only can, but must, learn from each other to tackle future medical emergencies and challenges.

Find out more about the future of residency training on WBUR.