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September 23, 1939

THE STUDENT SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Devoted to the Educational Interests and Welfare of Medical Students, Interns and Residents in Hospitals

JAMA. 1939;113(13):1267-1278. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800380085047

Factors Influencing Ethical Concepts and Ideals Among Medical Students  TRAWICK H. STUBBS AND DEAN ROBERTSATLANTA, GA."Just why do you want to be a doctor?" was the question put to embryonic doctors during their first week in Medical School at Emory University. Four consecutive freshman classes answered it. Their answers furnished the background for a panel discussion at the National Convention of the Association of Medical Students at Philadelphia last December on "Factors Influencing Ethical Concepts and Ideals Among Medical Students."The subject was discussed under four general heads: 1. What ideals and attitudes do freshman medical students have? 2. What factors influence the development of and changes in these attitudes and ideals? 3. What ideals and attitudes is it desirable for a young doctor to have? 4. What practical steps might be taken to facilitate the development of these desirable ideals? Two half hour periods of open discussion