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JAMA Revisited
December 6, 2016

Another Step in Higher Medical Education

JAMA. 2016;316(21):2280. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.17112

Among the remarkable developments in medicine anywhere, at any time, are the changes that have occurred in medical education in the United States during the last ten or fifteen years. Once regarded as a disgrace, the standard of medical education in this country recently has advanced so rapidly that today it is equal to that of any other nation so far, at least, as the majority of medical teaching institutions are concerned. This change has occurred partly through the generosity of wealthy men and women who have contributed millions to medical schools and to medical research; partly because the medical profession itself became aroused to the wretched conditions in medical education, and undertook to rid itself of the incubus of the purely commercial medical school. Both were necessary to bring about the rapid advances that have placed American medicine in the high position it now occupies.

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