JAMA 100 Years Ago Section
Jennifer Reiling, Editorial Assistant.
Medical education in the United States has made wonderful
the last decade. The day of the two-year school is past and
gone; that of
the three-year school is rapidly drawing to a close; and already
we hear talk
of establishing courses of medical study extending over five
years of eight
to nine months each. Simultaneously, scientific medicine has
a higher plane than ever before. Original research, new
discoveries, and finished
clinical and other studies are making their appearances in a
manner that betokens
a sound foundation, through training, and fully equipped
hospitals and laboratories.
That this progress of medicine in general is gratifying to all
who have its
true interests at heart, naturally goes without saying. But
there is much
to be done. The great majority of our medical schools fail to
the responsibilities they shoulder in offering young men and
women "full opportunities"
to secure a thorough medical education. The crying need at this
time is greater
facilities for proper clinical instruction. In this respect,
our schools fall short, although there is a heaven-wide
the two extremes reached.
MEDICAL SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS.. JAMA. 2000;284(9):1069. doi:10.1001/jama.284.9.1069