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October 9, 1972

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St. Michael's Medical Center Newark, NJ

JAMA. 1972;222(2):210. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210020056017

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To the Editor.—  Today, more than at any other time in history, medical schools in the United States are besieged with applications from students with excellent academic standing. Yet, many of these students will never have an opportunity to fulfill their dreams.Under difficult financial situations, medical schools are attempting to increase their number of students without changing the quality of education. Even with these objectives, many students will either have to obtain their medical training in a foreign country, or seek another profession altogether. It is now easier for American students in foreign medical schools to return to an American medical school after two years of training overseas. If these students pass the first part of the examination of the National Board of Medicine, they can usually find a place in the third year of an American medical school. The third year "slots" are increased because of more hospital