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February 26, 1938


JAMA. 1938;110(9):654. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790090036013

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In an address before the Annual Congress on Medical Education and Licensure held in Chicago last week, Dr. Willard C. Rappleye, dean of the Medical Faculty of Columbia and president of the advisory board for medical specialties, presented an extraordinary proposition:

There is urgent need for coordination of the various subdivisions of medical education and for better definition of the several areas of responsibility of national and state agencies, universities, hospitals and professional bodies dealing with portions of the whole program, if medicine in this country is to meet fully its obligations. The logical conclusion from the present more or less unrelated and frequently overlapping efforts is to secure a national coordinating body representative of the major activities in medical education. A National Council on Medical Education, Licensure and Hospitals should be created, made up of representatives of the universities, medical schools, hospitals, practicing profession, specialty boards, state licensing bodies

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