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In connection with the figures for the University of Buffalo School of Medicine, on pages 1637 and 1641 of the State Board Number of The Journal, April 27, and in particular the percentage failing state board examinations, attention is called to the fact that since 1937 the students of this school have been required to pass part I of the examination of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Many students voluntarily complete the examinations of the National Board and secure licensure on this basis instead of taking those given by the state licensing boards. The University of Buffalo reports that forty-five of the sixty-one students in the class of 1939 passed part II of the examinations of the National Board last year. Including this number in the group who were examined for licensure would materially change the percentage of failures shown in tables 2 and 4.
University of Buffalo School of Medicine. JAMA. 1940;114(19):1942. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810190104019