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April 27, 1957

ROLE OF UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION IN PREPARATION FOR GRADUATE EDUCATION

JAMA. 1957;163(17):1585-1587. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970520019005
Abstract

• The four years of medical school should constitute an experience that is the best possible preparation for all types of professional careers in medicine. No penalty should be imposed on the student who ultimately chooses private practice in either general or restricted fields, a career in research and teaching, or a position in medical administration. The four short undergraduate years should be reserved for experiences not easily obtainable after graduation. It is therefore questioned whether extramural preceptorships are desirable during those years and whether general practice can be thought of as an academic discipline about which medical school departments should be organized. The extension of university influence into our medical schools has resulted in important developments. Some recent trends must be deprecated as tending to repeat errors of the past and to weaken the relationship between universities and their medical schools.

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