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To the Editor.—
I hope that Gullen is in no way involved in population control, for he states that the readoption of the Accelerated Program by medical schools would be a one-time bonus and not be recurrent (218:742, 1971).If a woman produces a child every nine months for ten years, I trust Gullen will agree that the family would contain three more children than if one is produced only yearly.Despite the misgivings of the medical schools at that time, there is no evidence that physicians who graduated under the Accelerated Program during World War II are less qualified than their predecessors or successors.Two problems immediately arise to mind. First, full-time medical school physicians will have to spend more time teaching. Second, those curricula which have expanded to fill the summer terms (conforming to Parkinson's Law) may have to retrench.Nevertheless, this simple, proved, and inexpensive solution
Harnes JR. Accelerated Medical Education. JAMA. 1972;219(3):388. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190290074029