Reflections on Education in Healthcare | George E. Thibault

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Dr. George E. Thibault stepped down from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation last year after a distinguished career in medicine and medical education spanning almost five decades.

IGHPE recently spoke to Dr. Thibault about his career, from his early days as a medical student to his strong belief in the need to continue the evolution of medical education beyond medicine and the core sciences into areas such as interprofessional education, health policy, and health economics, to name just a few.


In June 2018, Dr. Thibault stepped down as seventh president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation – a long journey from when he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1969.

Over a distinguished career, he provided leadership in undergraduate and graduate medical education, notably by playing a central role in the New Pathway Curriculum reform and was a leader in the new Integrated Curriculum reform at Harvard Medical School.

He has been recognized many times for his roles in teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty. He served on the President’s White House Fellows Commission during the Obama Administration, and is still on the board of the New York Academy of Medicine.