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September 1, 1945

THE SUPPLY OF MEDICAL STUDENTS

JAMA. 1945;129(1):72-73. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860350074014

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Abstract

Before the war ended, it was generally known that there would be a deficiency in numbers or quality of the men enrolled in freshmen medical classes in the near future, because exceedingly few able bodied men have been permitted to carry on premedical studies. The ending of the war has not changed this situation; it merely permits an estimate of the duration of deficient enrolments. If inductions are stopped in time for large numbers of medical students to enroll in the fall college sessions—which seems unlikely—there may be an approximation to the normal number of qualified medical school applicants in 1947. This may not come until 1948, since there must be added to the one lost premedical year still another year, because of the general shift from the two year to the three year requirement for admission.

Most medical schools are returning to annual admissions, even though acceleration will be

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