August 18, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(7):565-566. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590340065012

The Journal publishes this week, for the seventeenth consecutive year, statistics regarding medical education in the United States. During these seventeen years there has been a most encouraging improvement. At the present time it can be stated without exaggeration that medical education in this country is equal, if not superior, to that of other leading countries.

FIRST PERIOD, 1900-1905  In 1900, The Journal began collecting statistics regarding medical colleges, students and graduates, and in 1901 the first Educational Number of The Journal was published. At that time there were 159 medical colleges, many of which were joint stock corporations, conducted largely for profit. Admission requirements were nominal; few medical schools had endowments or well-equipped laboratories, and only a few had salaried teachers. On the whole, conditions in medical education were far from satisfactory. For the first five years the statistics were thus collected and published by The Journal, and a

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