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November 25, 1939

THE STUDENT SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Devoted to the Educational Interests and Welfare of Medical Students, Interns and Residents in Hospitals

JAMA. 1939;113(22):2003-2014. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800470079045

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STUDY OF ATTITUDES, PERSONALITY, SOCIAL FITNESS, ADAPTABILITY, CHARACTER AND MOTIVATIONS OF MEDICAL STUDENTS  NORMAN R. FIELDER, M.A.Program Director, West Side Professional Schools Department, Y. M. C. A. CHICAGOThe inter-medical schools council composed of students in Chicago's West Side medical schools for years has sponsored a program of extracurricular activities. Out of this experience grew an interest in personal and social problems of students which was further intensified by a study of the reactions of students to different types of school activities. In time many problems bearing on the life of medical students were brought into bold relief. Usually the problems concerned student attitudes and beliefs as they related to personal ethics and social issues. Typical questions were:

  1. What do medical students expect from their education?

  2. Is the general attitude of most medical students selfish?

  3. Are most students unwilling to assume more than a minimum

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