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March 3, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(9):642-643. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640360050023

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Proposed Reforms in the Medical Curriculum  In 1918, a movement (to which I have frequently referred) was launched to bring about certain reforms in the medical curriculum in Germany. Through the transactions of the special commission appointed by the government, which met in Berlin the end of November, the movement has taken on a more tangible form and the problems have been brought nearer to a solution. The commission was composed of representatives of the medical faculties of the various German universities, the medical profession, medical students, medical societies and health insurance societies, together with delegates of the governments of the several states constituting the commonwealth. The results of the manifold deliberations of the commission may be summed up thus: The course of medical study shall be lengthened and shall comprise twelve semesters in place of ten. The "praktische Jahr" (the year devoted to the practical application of previously gained

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