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September 9, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(2):182-183. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920020102010

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The fiftieth annual report on medical education prepared by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals and published in this issue of The Journal presents information and statistics on many subjects of current importance.

During the academic year 1949-1950, all records for total enrolment and the number of students admitted to approved medical schools in the United States were surpassed. The total enrolment of 25,103 constituted an increase of 6 per cent over the preceding year. The freshman class for the first time numbered more than 7,000 students. The exact number, 7,042, represented an increase of 5.3 per cent over the preceding year and an increase of 17 per cent over the average size of the freshman class in the 10 years preceding World War II. From estimates presently available, it seems certain that the freshman class that will enter medical school this fall will be even larger.

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