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January 21, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(3):210. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960380058014

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Announcement of the recent commitments of the Commonwealth Fund and the Ford Foundation in support of medical education has been generally received with acclamation and sincere public appreciation. Ten university medical schools have received grants totaling $7,-150,000 for medical education from the Commonwealth Fund. The Ford Foundation will grant 90 million dollars to privately supported medical schools as endowment to help them strengthen their instruction, although the exact allocation to the individual schools has not yet been determined. These two great philanthropic organizations have recognized that, unless the increasing financial needs of medical education are met, the current high standards of medical training in the United States are in jeopardy. These grants will aid in meeting some of the needs that have existed during recent years, but they have not closed the gap that has been represented as being equivalent to approximately 10 million dollars annually for all needs. In

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