Education reformer Abraham Flexner (1866-1959) is regarded by many as the father of Modern America’s medical education curriculum. He authored the Flexner Report for the Carnegie Foundation after making site visits to all the country’s medical and osteopathic medical schools of the day. He harshly criticized the vast majority of the schools he visited. His insightful recommendations were adopted for the most part within just a few years and his Report continues to influence medical education today.
In 1915, Flexner addressed the National Conference of Charities and Corrections. The title of his speech was “Is Social Work a Profession?” He answered that it was not. Flexner compared social workers of the day against the “benchmark” professionals of medicine, law, and preaching, and found that those who provided social work services had not yet achieved true professional status. He saw the social worker of the day as a “narrow minded technician.” In deference to social workers, Flexner also viewed nurses and pharmacists the same way.
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