In reviewing the titles assigned to the discussants on the panels being presented this morning, one finds it difficult to believe that any other profession or skill subjects its members and potential members to such scrutiny in the analysis of competence.
Medical school admission committees have tried to sort out those who qualify academically, morally, and ethically, whom they think are capable of becoming responsible for the health care of the people of our nations. With equal diligence, medical school faculties have weeded out those whose intellectual ability and concern for human dignity in health and disease do not measure up to a general set of standards by which physicians may be judged.
Those of us who have been granted the privilege of providing graduate medical educational programs, internships, and residencies in either affiliated or nonaffiliated hospitals have an equal, if not greater, responsibility than admission committees and medical school
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