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Limiting Enrolment of Medical Students
The number of medical students is now so large in Argentina that there is one to each 1,819 inhabitants, probably the highest proportion in any country in the world. The four medical schools have 6,969 students enrolled, and graduate every year 455 physicians in a country with a population of 10,000,000. There is already an oversupply of physicians, one to each 1,600 inhabitants in the whole country, and one to 780 in Buenos Aires itself. The Buenos Aires medical school has an enrolment of 5,360, with from 800 to 1,000 in the first year. Only 38 per cent complete their courses. The students pay only 40 per cent of the school budget. Practical teaching is scarce, seldom individual, and usually unconnected with the theoretical lectures.In order to introduce a more individual and practical, as well as more adequate form of teaching, limitation of the
BUENOS AIRES. JAMA. 1927;88(9):661-662. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680350045022