November 17, 1923


Author Affiliations

Dean, University of Virginia Department of Medicine CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

JAMA. 1923;81(20):1679-1683. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650200029011

The annual report of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals to the House of Delegates 1 gives on page 1930 a valuable statistical table of the age of graduation from American medical colleges for the session 1921-1922.

This table gives the age distribution of 2,403 out of the total of 2,529 graduates of this year, and shows that the average or mean age of graduation is 26.8 years. The Council's report also calls attention to the significant fact that all but one of the fifteen colleges having the lowest age average are Class A institutions, while four of the fifteen medical schools having the highest age averages are rated in Class B or Class C; from which is drawn the conclusion that the average age does not depend so much on the amount of premedical education as on the acceptance of older students who have previously been engaged in

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