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April 25, 1936


JAMA. 1936;106(17):1495. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770170061016

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The annual report on the examination and licensure of physicians in the United States for the year 1935 appears in this issue. The statistical tables and the special summaries show conditions at present and indicate trends over many years. In 1935, 7,887 applicants were licensed; of these, 5,707 were licensed by examination and 2,180 by endorsement of credentials; 5,500 licentiates were added to the medical profession and some 4,000 died. The net gain was about 1,500.

Failures to pass examination seem to be increasing. In the past five years the total number of physicians examined per year has risen from 5,608 to 6,426. The number of failures rose from 348, or 6.2 per cent, to 585, or 9.1 per cent. The number that failed to pass in 1935 was larger than in any year since 1925.

The graduates of unapproved medical schools of recent and previous years were granted examination

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