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January 1, 1944


JAMA. 1944;124(1):56. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850010057022

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To the Editor:—  Every one interested in high standards of medical education and medical service both in the armed forces and in civilian practice shares with the correspondents their great concern over the wartime training of doctors. Curtailment of staff has multiplied the difficulties for remaining teachers. Uncertainty of the future has adversely affected student morale. A 30 per cent increase in annual medical school admissions and graduates has meant acceptance of some students whose qualifications may be open to question.On purely educational grounds, it would be impossible to defend a nine month internship, which must be regarded as a wartime educational casualty. Reluctantly, and only after carefull consideration of the advantages and disadvantages and weighing the possible alternatives, the Council has recognized the so-called 9-9-9 plan as the best available under present wartime

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