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June 1, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(5):533-537. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980050023007

• There are many groups and agencies, including industry and the lay public, whose support and cooperation are essential to the continuous advancement of medical education and medical care. The teaching programs of our medical schools should not remain static. Important advances have been made, such as the shift of emphasis from the didactic to the experimental and practical methods of teaching, the establishment of full-time faculties, and the development of clinical clerkships. Criticisms that curriculums are overspecialized and that socioeconomic and environmental factors in sickness are neglected arise in large part from imperfect communication between groups; they indicate a need for the establishment of mutual understanding and cooperative relationship, especially between the schools and the local medical profession. Unilateral action has sometimes proved detrimental to all concerned. Continued progress depends on cooperation, especially on the part of leaders in both medical education and organized medicine.