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November 16, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(11):1460. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980290100013

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At the present time there are 78 approved four-year medical schools, 4 two-year schools of basic medical science, and 4 new four-year medical schools in various stages of development in the United States. By 1960 or 1961, if current developments proceed on schedule, there will be 83 four-year medical schools and 3 two-year schools of basic medical science in operation. Providing current enrollment trends are maintained, these institutions will by that time enroll somewhat over 30,000 medical students and graduate between 7,300 and 7,500 physicians annually. Currently several other medical school developments are under consideration but, at the moment, none have materialized to the point of definitive planning or action.

Up to the present time educational and service facilities in medicine have developed largely in response to local and state needs and desires. Fortunately, the facilities that have arisen in this fashion have kept pace, in general, with the immediate

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