April 3, 1925, the faculty of Harvard University Medical School voted to require a yearly physical examination of all its students. Two years later Dean David L. Edsall and Prof. Henry A. Christian suggested that such yearly examinations should be made a recognized part of the students' medical training. For, if the matter of periodic health examinations is of as great importance as has been recently stated, it would seem necessary to give to medical students systematic instruction in the method of carrying out such examinations. Accordingly, for the past two years, the experiment has been tried at Harvard of making a teaching exercise of the students' annual health examinations. This paper describes the method used at present for this kind of teaching.
METHOD OF EXAMINING THE STUDENTS
There are approximately 125 men in each of the four classes of the medical school. Of these men, the first and second
FITZ R. PERIODIC HEALTH EXAMINATIONS AS PART OF A MEDICAL STUDENT'S CURRICULUM. JAMA. 1929;92(20):1645–1648. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700460001001
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: