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May 27, 1968

Financial Support of Our Growing Medical Schools

Author Affiliations

From the Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH.

JAMA. 1968;204(9):794-796. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140220042012

Adequate financing of our growing medical schools at a time when the nation is in fiscal turmoil is probably not possible. This is one aspect of the dangerous crisis we have reached in medical education. The other aspect is even more fundamental; it has to do with the educational philosophy on which our projections of fiscal need are based. It is with this feature that I propose to deal. Many groups, within the past year, have come up with estimates of the monetary amounts we now need to grow and develop. About all that these estimates have in common is that they are large—up to $400 million annually. These efforts are of value chiefly in the emphases they place. It is probably not very useful at this time to attempt to deal with detailed breakdowns of the financial aspects of the estimates.

The crisis might be nothing more than