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June 30, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(9):667. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860260041016

The Committee on Postwar Medical Services has been inquiring into the postwar intentions of medical officers in the Army and Navy.1 Out of over 20,000 questionnaires returned 4,215 officers indicated a desire for industrial medical practice, 863 of them full time. About one third of this group wanted special preparation. The questionnaire did not determine specifically the desire of these men for long or short courses; the impression is clear that university courses are preferred over training in industry itself.

According to a recent survey by the Council on Industrial Health, nine universities are prepared to supply advanced training in industrial health in schools either of medicine or of public health. Plans are maturing in a number of additional schools pending departmental organization, support or faculty assignments. These educational resources seem to be sufficient or susceptible of sufficient expansion to meet any immediate demand.

The Council on Industrial Health