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September 20, 1971

Training of Faculties for Medical Schools in Developing Countries

Author Affiliations

From the Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, Mich.

JAMA. 1971;217(12):1690-1691. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190120058011

Among the foreign physicians who come to the United States for graduate training, those who are or will be faculty members of medical schools in their home countries are the most important. They are important because of the role they will play as leaders in the progress of medicine in their countries and as representatives abroad of American medical science. They help reverse the brain drain, in a cooperative enterprise in which American medicine extends its skills abroad, and shares its accomplishments for the benefit of other nations. In this beneficial process, American physicians are rendering a considerable service for world progress.

This is not to say that American medical knowledge and practice are always superior to those in less developed countries. In some specialties, and for certain purposes, the physicians can obtain more suitable training and have a more useful and satisfactory experience in his own country. Yet there