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May 12, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(2):81-85. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670020003002

I should like to outline certain aspects of the work of the Subcommittee on Preprofessional Education of the Survey of Medical Education, which, I believe, will help to explain this part of our over-all task. First of all what is the job of the chairman, the director and the associate director of the preprofessional study? From the outset we have thought of our job as being threefold: (1) to devise a yardstick in terms of the qualifications a person should possess to go forward to a successful career in medicine, (2) to ascertain the extent to which our undergraduate colleges in terms of student selection, guidance and education are providing the kind of students the medical schools want and (3) on the basis of our investigation, to prepare as detailed a report as possible of our findings.

It was logical that we should address ourselves in the first instance to

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