The Procurement and Assignment Service, which might now be called the medical division of the War Manpower Commission, is the agency of the federal government responsible during the war for the allocation of physicians, dentists and veterinarians to meet the needs of both the armed forces and the civilian population. Obviously, one of the major concerns of such an agency must be with the medical, dental and veterinary schools, which serve as the only source of supply for additions to and replacements within these professions.
The importance of maintaining and, if possible, of increasing the supply of physicians was recognized at the beginning of the program of national mobilization and military training. The medical schools responded promptly to this need by recommending through their national association that the graduation of physicians be accelerated by the discontinuance of vacations and that medical schools increase their enrolments as much as their facilities
DIEHL HS. MEDICAL EDUCATION AND THE PROCUREMENT AND ASSIGNMENT SERVICE. JAMA. 1943;121(9):635–638. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840090005003