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March 23, 1940

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. 1940;114(12):1123-1138. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810120095053

Some Criteria on the Selection of Medical Students  IRVING S. CUTTER, M.D. CHICAGOIn any community the medical profession is no better than a cross section of its members. It may be granted that our schools have been offering, for the past twenty years at least, reasonably good training. As some institution has graduated every physician now in practice, the responsibility for standards of service is theirs. If weaknesses are apparent we may look not at the product but at the raw material which they have attempted to fabricate. While a college career cannot alter the inherent traits or the embryonal genes of any man or woman, nevertheless the influence of the classroom in the building of ideals may be substantial. Students come to us, for the most part, neither wise nor deeply learned. It is our job to see that they are no worse off when they leave. Today