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April 14, 1951


Author Affiliations


Dean of the Medical Sciences, University of Minnesota.

JAMA. 1951;145(15):1134. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920330024008

A major problem of medical care in recent years has been the decline in the number of physicians in rural areas. Various studies of the causes of this situation and suggestions for improvement have been made. Among these suggestions has been the proposal that special consideration in the selection of medical students be given to applicants from rural communities. To investigate the validity of this suggestion the following study was made.

METHOD AND RESULTS OF STUDY  The names and addresses of all graduates of the University of Minnesota Medical School who established practice in Minnesota over the past 15 years were obtained from the office of the Minnesota State Medical Society. From the records of the medical school, the size of community in which each of these physicians spent his early years was then determined. For purposes of tabulation and analysis, the communities of practice and of early life were

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