Thomas G. Keens on the Power of Liberal Arts

“Active learning” has only recently come into the vocabulary of medical education. As a liberal arts graduate, I participated in “active learning” from the first day I stepped onto [St. John’s College] campus. Critical thinking is the most important skill one can use to treat patients, to train medical students, to decide on the important research questions, and decide how to answer them. I have achieved more than I ever dreamed I would because of my liberal arts education.

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