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December 22, 1945


JAMA. 1945;129(17):1169-1170. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860510035014

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Elsewhere in this issue is a directive of the Selective Service System pertaining to deceleration of medical education. Part 2 of this directive, providing that medical students shall not be required to pursue an accelerated course of study, may require some interpretation for the medical schools and the local boards.

A nonrecurring special study period of about three or four months' duration, in addition to a normal vacation period of three months, will not constitute a departure from the provisions of the directive, provided the medical school assumes responsibility for the work of the students. The school must be able to certify to the Selective Service System that the students engaged in this special study are registered in the medical school and are advancing toward the professional objective of an understanding of medicine. The work may or may not be done in residence and may include one or more of

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