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Patient-Focused Care*: The 2003 American College of Chest Physicians Convocation Speech

Richard S. Irwin, MD, FCCP
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*From the Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine Division, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA.

Correspondence to: Richard S. Irwin, MD, FCCP, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine Division, UMass Memorial Medical Center, University Campus, 55 Lake Ave North, Worcester, MA 01655; e-mail address: Irwinr@ummhc.org



Chest. 2004;125(5):1910-1912. doi:10.1378/chest.125.5.1910
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Members of the dais party and women and men of the audience: I would like to speak with you this evening about a revolution: family, patients, the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), you, and me. All are related.

In his book, entitled “Time to Heal,”1 Dr. Kenneth Ludmerer, an eminent internist, historian of medicine, and medical educator, has written a comprehensive critique of the history of American medical education in the 20th century. As the book ends, it is the late 1990s. It is a time that Dr. Ludmerer refers to as a prerevolutionary period in medical education and clinical practice because it is marked by “unrest, turbulence, and disintegration of existing institutions, but not yet by a platform or model.”2

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