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April 15, 1950

SURVEY OF MEDICAL EDUCATION: Preliminary Observations

Author Affiliations


Director, Survey of Medical Education.

JAMA. 1950;142(15):1122-1124. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910330004002

The survey on medical education in the United States was first proposed in 1947. At that time the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges appointed a temporary committee to formulate a plan for a survey. Early in 1948 a permanent, independent survey committee was appointed with the specific responsibility of supervising the conduction of the survey and preparing and publishing a report. Some of the reasons for carrying out such a survey were as follows:

First, only two surveys of medical education had been carried out in the United States. The first was the Flexner Report in 1910 and the second the study made by Dr. Herman Weiskotten in 1935 and 1936. Dean Rappleye's report in 1932 was an evaluation of medical education but did not involve an actual survey of each school. Therefore, a period of fifteen

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