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August 14, 1943


JAMA. 1943;122(16):1126-1127. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840330072010

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The accelerated programs developed by the armed forces for the training of premedical students differ in two essentials from the accelerated programs of the medical schools. First, acceleration in medical schools does not involve any basic change except the elimination of the long summer vacations. A significant increase in weekly work by the student is not required. The premedical programs, however, shorten the program mainly by a weekly increase in the quantity of work carried by the student. The Army Specialized Training Program provides for approximately 60 per cent more work per week by the student than in peacetime programs, and the Navy V-12 program also increases the weekly work considerably. Whether or not students will be able to carry this heavy load remains to be seen. These students will, however, be free from financial worries and the necessity for outside employment. They will receive medical care, and more attention

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