The reasoning behind and the purpose of the 54th Annual Conference on Medical Education and Licensure can be very simply stated by asking ourselves a question: "Are those responsible for supplying medical needs to the people in this country aware of what these needs will be in the foreseeable future, say in the next 15 or 20 years; and are proper and effective efforts being made to meet them?" In recent years we have read much about the so-called population-physician ratio. The reader can find in the various discussions almost as many variations in what we have had and what we will need as there are writers who have made the estimates, and he is left with the impression that our only problem is to produce new physicians in proportion to the increase in population.
Is this a sound approach upon which to do our planning? Is it realistic to
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