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JAMA 100 Years Ago
December 4, 2013

Public Opinion and Medical Education

JAMA. 2013;310(21):2316. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5445

Originally Published March 29, 1913 | JAMA. 1913;60(13):1002-1003.

The statements in newspapers after the recent conferences on medical education held in Chicago show that public opinion is not only growing more favorable toward improvement in medical education, but is even beginning to demand such improvement. Referring to the recent action of the Association of American Medical Colleges in adopting higher entrance requirements for medical schools, the Wilmington (Del.) News says:

“It would be hard to reach too high a standard in medical training and education. There is no more important vocation than that of the physician, but the importance of the profession as it affects the general public has not been appreciated in the proper manner. A few years ago no large city was without its mushroom medical colleges, commercialized institutions that were conducted for the purpose of money-making, grinding out diplomas given to men utterly unfit to deal with matters of life and death.…A smaller number of institutions with better equipment for the study of medicine and surgery would be far better than an unlimited number of indifferent institutions.”