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August 27, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(9):765. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740610063011

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The survey of medical education presented elsewhere in this issue clearly formulates one of the most serious problems now confronting our profession. Chart 1 shows that the number of medical graduates during the last ten years has steadily increased and that it now exceeds, by 50 per cent, the average annual loss to the profession through death. Moreover, there is a growing tendency for prospective medical students in excess of the numbers which our own schools can accommodate to seek their professional training in Europe or Canada. The number of these expatriated students, so far as reported to us, is this year 63 per cent larger than in 1930-1931. It may reasonably be expected that after graduation these men and women will return to this country to practice, adding several hundred more to the number annually licensed. The United States already has more physicians in proportion to its population than

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