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JACC: Do we value institutional memory, knowledge?

09:45 EDT 1 Aug 2017 | Cardiovascular Business
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Christopher O'Connor, MD, began working at Duke University in 1983, just as Joseph Greenfield, MD, became the university's chairman of medicine. Greenfield is now retiring after a 55-year career. With the loss of such an experienced leader, O'Connor, now the editor-in-chief of JACC: Heart Failure, asks what such a retirement means for institutional memory.

With the loss of such an experienced leader, O'Connor, now the editor-in-chief of JACC: Heart Failure, asks what such a retirement means for institutional memory. In his Editor's Page, published July 31, O'Connor wonders how current healthcare systems can improve and optimize means of retaining institutional knowledge.

"Does institutional memory have meaning anymore?" O'Connor asks. "Information is changing so fast, and methods of learning have changed dramatically. Our design of training programs has also adjusted to maximize knowledge acquisition while reducing patient exposure. Why should we be surprised that institutional memory has diminished over time? The world of medicine has changed, and unlike other successful industries outside of medicine, so has institutional memory."

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