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JAMA Revisited
December 10, 2014

Choice of a Medical School

JAMA. 2014;312(22):2415. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279888

Originally Published August 22, 1914 | JAMA. 1914;63(8):690- 691.

Never before has the choice of a medical school been so simple and easy as at the present time, owing to the abundance of information which is available for the student’s guidance. And never was it so important that a careful and wise choice be made.

Formerly the training secured in any medical college was sufficient to give the physician a start in his life work, and to secure a license to practice was also a simple matter. Not so at the present time. Modern medicine is based on scientific knowledge, and without this knowledge the physician of the future will be a failure. To secure such knowledge the student must have a better preliminary education than formerly, and must secure his medical education in a college which has a corps of expert, salaried teachers, well-equipped laboratories and an abundance of dispensary and hospital facilities. Now also definite qualifications are demanded by the various states before the license to practice can be secured.