September 2, 1983

Medical Students, Truth, and Autopsies

JAMA. 1983;250(9):1199-1200. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340090055030

One of the nicest things about our American Medical Association in recent years has been the proliferation of medical student members and the emergence of the Medical Student Section as a real political force. Students are wonderful creatures; they are magnificent at perceiving problems and conceiving solutions. They may not be as good at effecting solutions but that does not mean we should not consider their suggestions. At the June 1983 Annual Meeting of the AMA, the Medical Student Section sponsored Resolution 137, which, after appropriate deliberation by Reference Committee E, was approved by the House of Delegates, thus becoming official AMA policy. The resolution reads as follows:

Resolved, That the American Medical Association develop and distribute to students and residents appropriate material stressing the importance and necessity of the autopsy as a service both to the medical community and to society as a whole; and be it further