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September 1, 1956

FULL-TIME CLINICAL FACULTYAN INTERPRETATION OF THE PROBLEM AS IT CONCERNS MEDICAL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

JAMA. 1956;162(1):16-19. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970180018005
Abstract

• Medical schools must remain strong by recruiting and holding competent faculties; they should be encouraged to secure the services of full-time teachers and investigators under any reasonable plan that is satisfactory to the staff members and the schools and that will strengthen and improve the quality of medical education. The contributions made by part-time and volunteer faculty members are impressive and important, but their effectiveness is greatest in departments where there is full-time leadership. A proper balance between part-time and full-time staff is best. The development of prepayment plans for hospitals and medical services, together with other changes in economic, social, and professional conditions, necessitates corresponding evolutionary adjustments within our teaching institutions. If the profession will recognize the needs of the medical schools and if the administrations will see to it that they do not compete unfairly with the practicing profession, the necessary adjustments can be a gradual, continuing, and dignified process.

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