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The national defense program, which contemplates the training of an army of 1,400,000 men, will require, according to the statement made by Major Swift before the Senate Committee on Military Affairs, from seven to eight thousand reserve medical officers for each of the next three or four years. Assuming, as it does, that 50 per cent of the reserve medical officers would remain on active duty at the end of each year, there would be in 1944 some three thousand fewer available than the army would require unless additional recruits are secured for the Medical Officers Reserve Corps.
In the accompanying table are shown for each of the past six years the number of graduates from the approved medical schools of the United States and the number of physicians licensed for the first time (representing actual additions to the profession).
The number of medical graduates has remained nearly constant. The
DEMAND AND SUPPLY OF PHYSICIANS. JAMA. 1941;116(18):2056. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820180062010