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Eighty-eight years ago, when JAMA first published an EDUCATION ISSUE, little or no attention was being given to medical school entrance requirements or to the qualifications of teachers in medical schools. The 1901 publication of data on medical education in the United States showed the need for improvement in standards. During the intervening years, medical education has seen many changes. In 1988, the medical education community is concerned about physician competence, ie, what elements of professional knowledge, skills, behavior, and attitudes make for a competent physician. The editorial by Dr Martini argues for a redefinition of professional competence and for an assessment of the mechanisms for evaluating competence.
Medical School Enrollment
The number of applicants to US schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education for the 1987-1988 academic year decreased by 3 200 individuals. Of the 28123 applicants, 17027 students were accepted by at least one school for
Crowley AE. Highlights of the 1988 EDUCATION ISSUE. JAMA. 1988;260(8):1049–1050. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410080019002