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November 16, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(11):1458-1459. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980290098010

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Robert M. Hutchins epitomized the gap that exists between the whole sum of knowledge and that acquired by any person in a finite educational period when he said, "The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness." As the elements of newly discovered knowledge amass each year, even the most honored sheepskin soon becomes an inadequate garment. This is crucially true in medicine, affecting as it does the health care of everyone. The American medical profession is notable for recognizing clearly that the study of medicine is a life-long challenge to each doctor. The provision of suitable opportunities for continuing education is a challenge to medical educators in American medical schools which, with the hospitals and their staffs, constitute the personnel and facilities required for effective medical education.

The American Medical Association through its Council on Medical Education and Hospitals is concerned to an increasing degree

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