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April 8, 1939


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Sauk Centre, Minn., in the Chair

JAMA. 1939;112(14):1410-1414. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.62800140018028

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THE FEDERATION OF STATE MEDICAL BOARDS  February 14—MorningDoes Medical Licensure Procedure Conform to the Accepted Standards of Medical Education?Dr. A. C. Furstenberg, Ann Arbor, Mich.: The principal objective of medical education is the preparation of men and women for the practice of medicine. It must constantly change with the advent of new knowledge and new demands of service. It is impossible to prepare a curriculum which possesses permanent values. Growth and improvement in methods of teaching are imperative, with adjustments based on the changing social needs of medical service, and I doubt that medical education is keeping pace.One hears dissatisfaction expressed on the count that premedical education deals with abstruse learning and has wandered far from its original purpose. Thirty years ago the premedical course was established to give the student a broad general education before he commenced the study of medicine. I doubt that this objective

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