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March 10, 1945

THE SUPPLY OF PREMEDICAL AND MEDICAL STUDENTS

JAMA. 1945;127(10):592. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860100036009

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Abstract

The Council on Medical Education and Hospitals has repeatedly urged the necessity for changes in the present policies of governmental agencies, including the Selective Service System, having to do with the education of premedical students. The regulations now in force threaten either a reduction in freshmen enrolments or a far poorer quality of students in late 1945 and 1946. The House of Delegates of the American Medical Association at its meeting in Chicago in June 1944 took official cognizance of the seriousness of this problem and addressed communications to the President, to the War and Navy departments and to the Selective Service System urging that immediate steps be taken to remedy the situation.

Now official notice of this threat to medical education and medical standards has been taken by Senator Allen J. Ellender of Louisiana, who introduced on February 26 Senate Bill 637, which has been referred to the Committee

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