Winter in Woods Hole

I’m in Woods Hole this morning for several meetings. Winter here is a strange combination of activity (the scientific institutions are year-round activities) and utter peacefulness (the beaches are essentially empty).

Yesterday, on my way here, I stopped in Cambridge for a late lunch with my sister, who is a psychiatrist, and we had a long conversation about where medical education should be headed in the coming years? What changes can we expect in the curriculum? And given that medical students probably need to learn some entirely new things (think biomedical engineering, medical informatics, nanotechnology) how would one incorporate the new items and the old, in the same amount of time? There aren’t easy answers to this, but it’s entirely fascinating.