2018 Volume 49 Issue 5 Pages 442-447
Changing societal environments are forcing us to prepare to assume new roles as physicians. The resulting changes coming to the practice of medicine require significant medical education reforms. Specifically, there are nine factors that impact this need for change. Those factors are: 1) expanding medical knowledge, 2) introduction of various new technologies into medicine, 3) easy accessibility to medical knowledge by patients and their family members, 4) an aging population, 5) rapid development of information and communication technology, 6) the imminent arrival of artificial intelligence, 7) specialization of physicians, 8) variety of health professionals, and 9) globalization-.