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November 27, 1948


Author Affiliations

Director of the Medical School. The Medical Department, Catholic University of Chile.

JAMA. 1948;138(13):986. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900130050018

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To the Editor:—  In the May Issue of The Journal an article was published on Medical Education in Latin America, by Dr. Morris Fishbein. In the paragraph devoted to Chile, he made several observations on the official medical school, which is supported by the government. With regard to our Catholic University school of Medicine, he merely names it to state that it is controlled by the official school, that it follows the French system of teaching and that it has only five years of medical studies.In order to add some information to that already given, we wish to inform you of several facts which may be of interest.

  1. The Catholic University School of Medicine has been in existence only eighteen years. It has gradually increased its courses as far as the fifth year, thus excluding only the medical specialties, because it lacks the necessary hospital facilities.

  2. The

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