John A. Benson, M.D., discusses his education and work with Dr. Chester Jones at the Massachusetts General Hospital, who encouraged his interest in gastroenterology and provided a role model for Benson of the clinician-educator. He recalls his years at the University of Oregon Medical School from 1959 on and the growth of departments and divisions within the school as well as his involvement in curriculum reform. Benson then turns to his years in the American Board of Internal Medicine, rising to become the first president. After he retired from ABIM, he served as Interim Dean of the school, strengthening the Office of the Dean and continuing his work on the curriculum even while dealing with the financial impact on the University of Measure 5. He also discusses his interests in physician-patient communications, leadership, and physician advocacy.
Transcript of oral history interview with John A. Benson, Jr., M.D., conducted on April 27, 1999 by Joan Ash.