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March 28, 1959


Author Affiliations

Hartford, Conn.

Director of the Hartford Hospital.

JAMA. 1959;169(13):1512-1513. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.73000300025026

The number of graduates of foreign medical schools taking the examination of the Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates is increasing by almost geometric progression and will reach an expected peak in 1959. In March, 1958, 298 physicians wrote the first examination; 844 wrote the September, 1958, examination; and some 2,300 have applied for February, 1959. It is important that we assess the status and the potential of this program as we plan for the future.

The ECFMG was formally established in 1957, after preliminary discussion and planning over the previous decade.1 Its primary objective was to promote opportunities in the United States for advanced studies in medicine, to the end that the level of medical care might be raised throughout the world. Its primary concern was to safeguard the health care and welfare of the American public; therefore, it sought to determine that foreign medical graduates participating in