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June 16, 1962

World-Wide Needs in Medical Education and Their Fulfilment

Author Affiliations

Baltimore

Director, Education and Training; World Health Organization; Visiting Professor of Public Health; Johns Hopkins University.

JAMA. 1962;180(11):940-943. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050240036008
Abstract

WHEREAS MEDICAL SCIENCE is essentially universal, medical practice is strongly influenced by the various local circumstances. Medical education being based on both the science and the practice, contains and should contain the universal and the local elements in a well-balanced proportion in order to meet the objectives.

The Needs  The needs in medical education may be assessed in a number of ways. The most direct way is to relate these needs to the "production" of medical graduates capable of coping with the work facing them. This, however, should not obscure other functions of medical education, for instance to give opportunities for further learning and provide a basis for the continuous progress of medical knowledge, for which international contacts act as stimuli, even at the most advanced levels. Furthermore, medical education plays a fundamental role in attaining the highest possible standards of medical practice in the community and country in its

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