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January 8, 1968

Selective Service and Military Medical Manpower

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From the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

JAMA. 1968;203(2):111-112. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140020039010

Much has been written about the developing shortage of medical manpower. The demand for medical services is greater than the amount physicians under the present system are able to furnish. Obviously, we must increase the output of our existing medical schools, develop new medical schools, and use the physician's time more efficiently and effectively. We have few physicians less than 35 years of age who have not served in the Armed Forces. It is now necessary for us to interrupt residency programs in the second, third, and fourth years, take men from large private practices with a large segment of the community dependent upon them, and interrupt teaching and research programs by taking instructors and assistant professors. Physicians now being selected would have been considered essential to the community welfare three years ago. The need for physicians is obvious; means for obtaining them is complicated.

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