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March 29, 1930


Author Affiliations

Director of Study, Commission on Medical Education NEW HAVEN, CONN.

JAMA. 1930;94(13):915-917. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710390013005

Medical education cannot be discussed without consideration of other fields of education and of the community needs for medical service. More than 90 per cent of graduates go into clinical medicine, and it seems logical to examine some of the general problems with which clinical medicine must deal as an aid in formulating educational methods and the content of the basic course. We should not alone be interested in present problems but also be alert for indications of what medical service is likely to be in the future.

The greatest problem before the medical profession is the adequate distribution of modern medical services to the entire population at a reasonable cost. Knowledge of the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease is far in advance of its application to individual and community needs. Individual physicians, the organized profession and medical education have definite contributions to make in any program aiming to

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