The first formal education of medical doctors in this country dates back to Civil War days with the opening of several proprietary schools not linked to universities. Since that time, medical education has changed significantly and continues to do so, not always to the benefit of patients.
These changes will be described in the January wellness lecture at the Arizona Senior Academy by a leader in the field, Dr. Neil Kochenour, former medical director of the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. Entitled “A History of Medical Education in the United States,” the talk is scheduled for Thursday (Jan. 15) beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the ASA Building. ASA lectures are free and open to the public.
A graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. Degree in engineering, Kochenour received his M.D. Degree from the Cornell University College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, and a fellowship in maternal/fetal medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
In 1978 he became a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he soon became division chief then vice chairman. He became medical director of the university’s hospitals and clinics in 1994 and served in that position for 12 years.
Since his undergraduate days, Kochenour has seen major changes that he will describe in his talk: increased emphasis on research, Medicare, Medicade and private insurance, then cuts in research funding resulting in more medical school faculty shifted to patient care to generate income for hospitals.
Written by H. Deon Holt, Academy Village Volunteer