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February 11, 1950


JAMA. 1950;142(6):420. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910240038008

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In recent discussions concerning the supply of physicians some critics of the present methods of training have compared the number of medical students enrolled in the medical schools in the United States today with the number enrolled in 1905, the first year for which accurate data for student enrolments are available. They claim that today's enrolment is smaller. While the American Medical Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges and others concerned with medical education have pointed out repeatedly that many of the medical students of the earlier period were enrolled in substandard schools and could not therefore be considered the equivalent of medical students in the present day approved schools, quantitative studies on this point have not been made until recently.

The Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association has just made a study to determine the comparative enrolments in approved medical schools during the

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