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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 6, 2000


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Editorial Assistant.

JAMA. 2000;284(9):1069. doi:10.1001/jama.284.9.1069

Medical education in the United States has made wonderful progress during 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 also reached 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 adequately meet 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, perhaps, all our schools fall short, although there is a heaven-wide difference between the two extremes reached.

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