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November 20, 1972

International Medical Education

JAMA. 1972;222(8):1045-1047. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210080125019

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Increasingly large numbers of otherwise qualified applicants who fail to gain admission to medical schools in the United States are seeking admission to medical schools abroad. This situation exists in the face of widespread increases in the size of entering classes and the opening of new US medical schools. As a result, increasingly large numbers of medical students fully or partially trained abroad are, and will be, seeking means of reentering the "main stream" of American medical education. Two examples of current means by which they may do this are discussed below.

"Fifth Pathway"  As reported in the Education Number of JAMA last year, the established policy of the American Medical Association on the eligibility of foreign medical graduates for appointment to approved internships or residencies in the United States was modified in a statement adopted by the AMA Council on Medical Education in June 1971. Becoming known as the