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WHEN the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals was formed in 1904 as a standing committee of the American Medical Association, one of the three general responsibilities it was charged to assume was "To make an annual report to the House of Delegates on the existing conditions of medical education in the United States." The report of the Council which appears in this issue of The Journal is in response to this early charge. However, the current report is the 59th of the series which obviously had its beginning prior to the formation of the Council.
The first Educational Number of The Journal appeared in 1901. Whether this was due to the interests and efforts of the Committee on Education which preceded the Council or was an independent venture of the editorial staff is not now clear. The initial report contained descriptive paragraphs which summarized the information found in the
A HISTORICAL NOTE ON THE ANNUAL REPORTS ON MEDICAL EDUCATION. JAMA. 1959;171(11):1576. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010290134017
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