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August 27, 1938

Current Comment

JAMA. 1938;111(9):850. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790350090016

DOCTORS IN EMBRYO  The annual review of medical education, appearing elsewhere in this issue, presents a summary of the most important phases of medical education in the United States and Canada. These data show the kind and extent of preliminary education which is required for admission to medical schools, also the requirements for graduation and licensure. The number of schools and the number of medical students over a period of more than thirty years show clearly the effects of raising educational standards and, more recently, of the enormous increase of the college population since the war. During the past year there were in the United States 5,194 medical graduates, of whom 237 were women. Some 636 foreign graduates were licensed. Regardless of academic or legal requirements, practically all students serve a hospital internship and many prolong this training by a further period of apprenticeship as hospital residents. The lists of

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