August 25, 1906


Author Affiliations

Chairman of Committee on Entrance Requirements, Vice-President National Confederation of State Medical Examining and Licensing Boards, President Illinois State Board of Health. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(8):557-558. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210080009002

At the annual meeting of this confederation at Atlantic City, June, 1904, I had the honor to submit a standard curriculum for medical colleges and to suggest in connection therewith that the entrance requirement should be the following:

  • Seven years in the primary or grammar school.

  • Four years of high school, preference being given to the scientific rather than the literary course.

  • A special course of two years in chemistry, physics, biology and languages; or, a college course in which the last two years shall have been modified to meet the demands of the medical student.

This standard of preliminary entrance requirements was not adopted, but the committee was instructed to make a report at this meeting of the confederation. In the report, among other things, I said:

The idealism of the German university maintains that the object and aim of an education is to develop in a symmetrical manner

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