Sir George SmartBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7432.170 (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:170
- Caroline Richmond
George Smart was a physician who specialised in metabolic medicine, nutrition, and endocrinology, but it is for his contribution to medical education that he will best be remembered. The curriculum he introduced at Newcastle and later copied by other medical schools did away with much rote learning and was based on problem solving and the needs of patients. He also improved continuing medical education at the Royal College of Physicians and became an energetic and popular director of the British Postgraduate Medical Federation.
After qualifying at Newcastle Medical School, which was then part of Durham University, taking a BSc in physiology en route, he did his house jobs …