October 25, 1971

Do We Really Need More New Medical Schools?

Author Affiliations

From Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield.

JAMA. 1971;218(4):570. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190170048010

If the question were, "Do we need to expand opportunities for medical education?" there would be very little controversy. Thus, the real question is whether the need to expand opportunities is best served by the expansion of existing medical schools or by the creation of new schools. I have no categorical answer to this question, since it must be decided ultimately on the basis of local opportunities and resources. There are a number of cogent points that can be made in favor of considering the establishment of new centers of medical education, and I think that these should be considered by states, communities, and educational institutions as they look to their long-term needs.

It is unfortunate that the shortage of funds at this time has made this a competitive question, since in more tranquil times the new medical schools may well be, and perhaps of necessity will be, complementary to

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