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April 29, 1939


JAMA. 1939;112(17):1728. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800170074016

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Elsewhere in this issue are presented the figures reported by the medical examining boards of the United States. Since, for a variety of reasons, an unusually large number of applicants have come from other countries, an opportunity is afforded to compare the success before examining boards of those whose professional education has been received in approved schools in the United States with corresponding figures for those educated abroad. Reports to the Council do not distinguish between citizens of this country who, having gone elsewhere to study medicine, return here to practice, and natives of other countries who apply here for a medical license.

As a comparatively small number of physicians from some countries have taken the licensing examinations, only those countries are included from which more than twenty-five candidates were examined during 1938.

Since the number of failures among graduates of approved schools was only 3.0 per cent, it is

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