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August 24, 1957

EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL FOR FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES

JAMA. 1957;164(17):1967-1968. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.62980170057018

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Abstract

The lack of an effective means of evaluating the professional (and other) qualifications of graduates of foreign medical schools has plagued state boards and hospitals for years. Beginning in 1950, the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals in collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges began to maintain a listing of some 50 foreign medical schools whose graduates were theoretically to be considered comparable to the graduates of our own schools.

For many reasons this proved to be quite unsatisfactory from the standpoint of determining the qualifications of the individual graduate. To consider the possibility of devising other ways of measuring that factor, in 1954 the Federation [of State Medical Boards of the United States] joined with the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the Association of American Medical Colleges to form what was called "The Cooperating Committee on Graduates of Foreign Medical Schools." After many months

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