For twenty-eight years The Journal has published annual reports on medical education in the United States. The data published this week present a decided and encouraging contrast with the conditions reported in 1901.
The number of medical students this year was 20,545, an increase over the previous year—an increase which has persisted since 1919, when the enrolments of students reached the lowest ebb—12,930—as a result of the reorganization of medical schools. Mergers of medical schools were urged whereby an oversupply in numbers might give place to a smaller number of better equipped institutions. The entrance requirements also were increased to include two years of college work in order that medical education in this country might be on a par with that of the leading nations abroad. The reduction in the numbers of students resulting from these changes was not as great as was expected. The subsequent increase in
MEDICAL EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES. JAMA. 1928;91(7):500–501. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700070060012
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