Dr. Mitchell Rabkin is Distinguished Institute Scholar at the Shapiro Institute, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. A graduate of Harvard College (1951) and Harvard Medical School (1955), he trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and began a career in academic medicine at that institution after serving as Chief Resident in Medicine in 1962. In 1966, Dr. Rabkin became President of Beth Israel Hospital, and following its merger with Deaconess Hospital in 1996 to form Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, then served for two years as Chief Executive Officer of its parent company, CareGroup. CareGroup comprises the merged Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, its Needham associate hospital, Mount Auburn Hospital, and New England Baptist Hospital. Dr. Rabkin was Chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges (1996-7), and has been a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He served two three-year terms on the Board of Directors of the Duke University Health System and also served as Vice-Chair of the New York University School of Medicine Foundation Board of Trustees. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Rabkin is presently working at the Institute on issues in undergraduate and graduate medical education, the emerging opportunities for physician-patient interaction via electronic media, training in medical procedures and assessment of capability through simulation and other methodologies, and education in management and leadership.