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March 13, 1972

A Military Medical School

JAMA. 1972;219(11):1471-1472. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190370061015

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One day last fall, when the House of Representatives passed HR2 authorizing the Department of Defense to establish and operate a medical school, the reaction was certainly restrained. If the corresponding Senate bill is passed and the legislative intent materializes, the traditional relationship between medicine and the military, and between higher education and the federal government, will have been drastically changed.

The recruitment of physicians by the military has always been difficult as indicated by the peristence of the "doctor draft." Now, with a national commitment to an all-volunteer military force, and a history of limited interest by physicians in military service beyond the draft, there is concern for the future adequacy of medical care available to members of the military forces.

Introduced by F. Edward Hebert (D-La), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, HR 2, "a bill to establish a Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences,"