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April 3, 1954


Author Affiliations

Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health and Medical) Washington 25, D. C.

JAMA. 1954;154(14):1199. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940480051022

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To the Editor:—  At the recent meeting in Chicago of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association, I presented a plan under consideration to take effect June 30, 1955, at the expiration of the "Doctor-Draft" law, P. L. 84, 83rd Congress, and based on the assumption that the law could not be continued but that after July 1, 1955, all physicians would come under the regular draft as regular registrants. The plan presented was based on the matching plan for internships that has met with success over the past three years. A letter was sent to the deans of the various medical schools in the first week in January, asking for a test run among the non-veteran, fourth year students, the regular registrant group. The questions asked of each student were: 1. If given a free choice, which

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