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January 3, 1972

Foreign Medical Schools

Author Affiliations

Lake Placid, NY

JAMA. 1972;219(1):88. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190270058023

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To the Editor.—  The article by Mason on "Foreign Medical Schools" (217:1845, 1971) states that faculty salaries in all schools are paid by state governments. I have personal knowledge that this is an error of fact in respect to the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. This may be correct for the other schools listed and the rest of the data input may be factual; however, the model is ultimately used to make comparisons that are questionable, especially in the accompanying EDITORIAL by Nicholson (217:1857, 1971). My reasons for disagreement are the following: (1) Attrition in Mexico occurs after first year with less rigid selection and more wastage than in the United States and Canada. A more valid comparison would include students in the senior years rather than only freshman students. (2) The reservation regarding the definition of "fulltime faculty" stated in the reference article used for comparison (210:1476,