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July 16, 1949

The Training of a Doctor

JAMA. 1949;140(11):993. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900460063031

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This is the official report of the Medical Curriculum Committee of the British Medical Association. Apparently, under a different system of medical education from ours they have come to the same problems. Thus they find that insufficient time is given to psychiatry and that the teaching given is inadequate, that there is insufficient recognition of the importance of social medicine, industrial medicine and public health and that there is a shortage of teachers in the basic medical sciences because it takes too long to get a medical degree before turning to specialization of this type. One must realize that the internship appeared in British medical education only in recent years. The British committee also places more stress on pediatrics than has previously been placed on this subject. There were majority and minority reports on pediatrics—the majority group insisted that pediatrics should be embraced by medicine and examination given as a

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