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Having learned that Dr. Sylvan Brandon acted as interpreter for several medical missions to the USSR, theArchivesEditorial Board solicited the following letter on an ophthalmologist's training in modern Russia.
To the Editor:
Recently I had the opportunity to visit the USSR as a member of a delegation from the Department of Health, Education & Welfare. Our purpose was to acquaint ourselves with the system of the Soviet medical education. I would like here to outline how a young Soviet physician can acquire the specialty of ophthalmology. His age when starting specialization is about the same as that of his American counterpart. Medical education in the USSR lasts six years, but does not require premedical studies. A newly certified physician (vratch) usually spends three years doing practical work in a small town or village as an assistant to an older doctor prior to starting any further
Brandon S. THE MAKING OF AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST IN THE USSR. Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;72(1):147. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970020147029