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November 15, 1958


JAMA. 1958;168(11):1548-1549. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000110122011

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During the past several years the annual report on Medical Education in the United States and Canada has included an analysis of the budgeted, unfilled full-time faculty positions in medical schools in the United States. The report for last year indicated a total of 331 such vacancies for 1956-1957, an increase from 258 in 1954-1955 and from 251 in 1955-1956. Tables 16 and 17 in the text of this report present a departmental analysis of both new and old budgeted unfilled full-time faculty positions, which total 619 for 1957-1958. This increase of approximately 90% of such vacancies in the interval of a single year presents a problem of major concern to medical education. Its magnitude, unless the trend is reversed, has developed to the point where it may jeopardize certain aspects of medical education, research, and care in the period that lies ahead.

Although some of the increase in budgeted,

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