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September 1, 1945


JAMA. 1945;129(1):72. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860350074013

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The past year has seen the expansion of the University of Alabama School of Medicine from the two year to the four year status, and the formulation of plans and the appropriation of funds for a new medical school by the University of Washington in Seattle. Progress thus far seems to promise well for the success of both programs.

Considerably less may be said of the prospects of some of the other proposed ventures into the extremely costly field of medical education. Every state operating a school of the basic medical sciences is now considering expansion to a full four year medical school course. Some of the reasons given for such programs are not always sound. They include the following: Great numbers of physicians are away on military duty. New schools are required to supply the overall increase of physicians needed in this country after the war. Rural areas have

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