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May 16, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(20):1714-1715. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720460060023

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Opportunities for American Physicians and Students to Study Medicine in Belgium 

  1. All foreign students must submit in Brussels to an examination for a certificate in liberal arts and sciences (certificat d'humanités). This is required to allow the students to take various other examinations leading to the so-called legal degree of Doctor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (grade légal). However, to receive the right to practice medicine all over Belgium, even if the person concerned obtained the legal degree, it is necessary to get a ministerial license or to become naturalized.

  2. If the student will not submit to the preparatory examinations for the certificat d'humanités, he can obtain at the end of his studies the purely scientific degree of Doctor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (grade scientifique). It gives none of the rights attached to the grade légal.

For 1 and 2 the examinations are identical. They are designated as follows:

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