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December 22/29, 2004

Educational Epidemiology

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(24):2969-2971. doi:10.1001/jama.292.24.2969-c

To the Editor: The article by Dr Carney et al1 did not discuss a body of medical literature that represents practical attempts to use their suggested methods to study medical education at the local, state, and national level. For example, in 1956 JAMA published a report of the career outcomes in the year 1950 of 5 cohorts of physicians that had graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine starting in 1915.2 In 1964, the Association of American Medical Colleges began a longitudinal study of the entering classes at 28 representative medical schools,3 and there were parallel initiatives at individual medical schools. The Longitudinal Study of Medical Education at Jefferson Medical College, which currently includes personal, academic, training and career outcome data on 9030 individuals since 1964, has yielded over 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals.4 This study spawned several multi-institutional longitudinal studies, including a system supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation involving the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the federal government.5

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