Academic medicine: who is it for?BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7487.363-c (Published 10 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:363
Summary of webchat
- Birte Twisselmann, technical editor
The opening salvo of the webchat on academic medicine was whether a definition of academic medicine was needed.1 No, it made the whole thing hopeless from the start. Yes, it helped to set a framework.
Thereon the main strands of the webchat were dominated by a negative view of the status quo: academic medicine is a giant industry perpetuating its own power and influence rather than serving the public. Medicine has become a source of profit for commerce and is now so intertwined with industry that the threads cannot be …