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January 30, 1954

World Directory of Medical Schools

JAMA. 1954;154(5):458. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940390082036

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The World Health Organization has made readily available information on medical schools throughout the world. The data, given alphabetically and in tabular form, includes the name, year of organization, administration, academic year, admission requirements, size of teaching staff, total enrollment, number of annual admissions, number of new students admitted annually, language used, length of course, degrees granted, annual number of graduates, and amount of tuition fees. Although the volume gives much valuable information, rather glaring errors appear in the section listing the schools in the United States. Total enrollments are not listed in the total enrollment column but in the annual new admission column. Since the directory acknowledges that this material was taken from The Journal, it could easily have avoided such an error by correct use of the list of Approved Medical Schools in the United States, published annually, in which data on enrollment in each class as well

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