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July 8, 1944

TIME NOW TO PROTEST AGAINST GOVERNMENT'S THREAT TO MEDICAL EDUCATION

JAMA. 1944;125(10):708-709. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850280024009

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Abstract

In January 1944 it seemed that civilian and military needs for doctors would be met reasonably satisfactorily by the arrangement in which the 55 per cent of entering medical school classes would be provided by the Army Specialized Training Program, 25 per cent by the Navy V-12 Program and 20 per cent from civilian sources. In the past six months this program has rapidly deteriorated. Today medical educators and the medical profession of the country refuse to accept the responsibility for the acute shortage of medical care which will threaten this country within a few years if current regulations and policies persist. The responsibility must rest with the armed forces, the Selective Service System, the President and the Congress of the United States.

In February the Army drastically curtailed the Army Specialized Training Program and has since renegotiated its contracts with medical schools to provide 28 per cent of the

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