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April 24, 1948

Current Comment

JAMA. 1948;136(17):1101. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890340027012

MEDICAL EDUCATION IN PUERTO RICO  Puerto Rico does not have a medical school. Unquestionably Puerto Rico suffers from a shortage of physicians and particularly from a shortage of competent physicians. As was pointed out by the commission headed by Dr. Ernest E. Irons which visited Puerto Rico recently, the Puerto Rican government arranged for the admission of a number of physicians who could not meet the standards of North American licensing boards or of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association. Those who promoted this procedure argued that these physicians would locate in the rural areas and small towns and thus make available medical service to persons who could not secure it. Actually, many of these physicians drifted promptly into the larger cities and proved again that economic factors involved in determining the location of physicians for practice dominate other considerations. Now the proposal has