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August 27, 1960


J. H. T.
JAMA. 1960;173(17):1929-1930. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020350047013

The competition for talent in the professional schools in America is a fact of life that must be accepted by the physician in today's world. This should not be a disheartening admission; rather, competition in this endeavor, as in many, should enhance the wits of the contenders and bring into sharp prospectus the ways and means of preventing dire consequences. Of great concern at the moment is the need to attract a sufficient number of intellectually and emotionally qualified high school and college students to fill the ranks of the first year classes in our medical schools each Fall. In so doing, we are obviously competing with the graduate schools of chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, and a myriad of others that are as interested in quality talent as are the admissions committees of the several medical schools.

It is vital that there be a steady supply of apt, able, and