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July 22, 1968


JAMA. 1968;205(4):33-34. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140300015004

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The American Medical Association supported most provisions of the Administration's health manpower bill of 1968 as conforming with the Association's policy urging substantially increased enrollment in the nation's medical schools.

In testimony before the House Public Health and Welfare Subcommittee, William A. Sodeman, MD, a member of the AMA Council on Medical Education, pointed out that a recent joint statement of the AMA and the Association of American Medical Colleges stated that more funds from both government and private sources would be needed by medical schools if they were to expand enrollment.

"The bill (HR 15757) before the subcommittee provides a means of furnishing the federal component of the necessary financial resources," Dr. Sodeman said.

Highlights of the AMA testimony:

  • Supporting the proposed extension for four years of grants for construction of medical teaching facilities, Dr. Sodeman said: "We would urge... that necessary federal funds be available when needed