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July 11, 2012

Shortening Medical Education

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Internal Medicine, Wexner Medical Center (Drs Wall and Carr) (kristian.wall@osumc.edu), and College of Medicine (Ms Kapp), Ohio State University, Columbus.

JAMA. 2012;308(2):133-136. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.7018

To the Editor: Drs Emanuel and Fuchs1 addressed an important issue and made constructive suggestions to help control the unnecessary human and financial costs of medical education and training. Nonetheless, several of their points oversimplified the task of reform. For instance, comparing European with US universities fails to account for the longer and more sophisticated secondary education in Europe. Matriculation to medical school should depend on achievement of skills, not time spent. In addition, eliminating the need for a baccalaureate degree and shifting the focus to 6- to 7-year programs may put nontraditional students at a disadvantage.

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