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The Senate Committee on Military Affairs conducted hearings on the Ellender bill (S. 637) on May 1. This bill (The Journal, March 10, p. 599) seeks to correct the present policies and regulations, which will either (1) reduce medical school freshmen enrolments materially in 1945 and drastically in 1946 or (2) result in the admission of inferior applicants by some schools. The measure provides for the deferment of qualified premedical students and the assignment of acceptable men in the armed forces to premedical and medical schools. The committee has not yet acted on the bill.
Medical education was represented at the hearings by Dr. Walter Bloedorn of the executive council of the Association of American Medical Colleges and Drs. Harvey Stone and Victor Johnson of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association. There was no representation from the Procurement and Assignment Service, which had previously
HEARINGS ON THE ELLENDER BILL. JAMA. 1945;128(2):131. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860190067013