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November 11, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(20):1573-1574. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740450047019

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Important Changes in the Medical Curriculum  The superior council of public instruction has made two important changes in the medical curriculum. The first point concerns a modification in the program of premedical studies that was formerly pursued in the schools of medicine. The professors of medicine complained then that this program was too theoretical and that it amounted practically to the loss of a year's time, for the student should be brought, as soon as possible, in contact with the anatomic institute and the hospital wards. Under the influence of these arguments, a preliminary certificate for medical students was granted after a year's study in a faculté des sciences. It is now recognized that this was a mistake. The instruction of the professors in the facultés des sciences proved to be much more theoretical than in the facultés de médecine, and quite disconnected from any applications to medical practice. Furthermore,

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