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August 30, 1971

Reduced Medical Education

JAMA. 1971;217(9):1246. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190090068024

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To the Editor.—  Since 1967, something has happened to the medical schools and medical education in America. We are no longer educating and training the same caliber of physicians. America has been producing superior physicians, but now we are failing in our mission.There are too many foolish plans of reducing medical education in the United States. Some medical schools are working on a plan of three years. Unfortunately, these schools have obtained funds from the federal government to carry on their plans. During World War II, we had the 9-9-9 plan. In this plan, after high school, the student had two nine-month periods of premedical training, four nine-month periods of medical training, and nine months of internship. The plan was a failure. I lived through this plan. We do not learn through our mistakes.A most dangerous plan is the one advocated by the University of Miami Medical School