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March 15, 1924


Author Affiliations

Secretary, Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association CHICAGO

JAMA. 1924;82(11):838-840. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650370006002

The improvements in medical education made during the last twenty years have resulted in the securing of better buildings, more and better equipped laboratories, larger financial incomes, more uniformly high entrance requirements, better relationships with dispensaries and hospitals—including greatly improved methods in clinical teaching—and better selected and organized staffs of both full-time and part-time teachers. Twenty years ago, the majority of medical schools were independent institutions, and many were stock corporations conducted for profit. Now sixty-three, or 79 per cent., are integral parts of universities, and most of these are under the control of the university, so far as maintenance and teaching are concerned. The conditions existing twenty years ago were evidently viewed in a complaisant, matter-of-fact manner, but now one would be absolutely appalled if the conditions then existing were suddenly reestablished. Indeed, only those who have been in close touch with medical education in all parts of the

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