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February 28, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(9):691-692. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720350043012

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Elsewhere in this issue appears a report by Dr. R. G. Leland of an investigation into the costs of medical education. This investigation was stimulated by the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care and is one of several investigations undertaken by the American Medical Association at its own expense in order to supply facts relative to medical economics not heretofore available.

Many estimates have been ventured by various observers as to the amount of money spent by the average young man—or in many instances no doubt by his parents—in order to provide him with a medical education. The impression has been that the cost is approximately $1,000 a year for tuition and maintenance. The investigation made by Dr. Leland reveals the actual sum spent by the student in any year as $1,100, this including tuition and fees, books and periodicals, board and room, clothing and laundry, and recreation. In

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