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January 26, 1970

Preparation for the Study of Medicine

Author Affiliations

University of Missouri Columbia

JAMA. 1970;211(4):664. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170040068025

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The book is a collection of 23 papers, well-edited, mostly interesting, with useful summaries after each section, supplemented by ten appendixes, including a select bibliography. Such an elaborate discussion rejuvenates the problem of "student affairs," at least for the dean's staff and the educationists, who must share knowledge of this important subject with their general faculty, our profession, and the public. The meeting, held only three years ago, already seems somewhat dated, suggesting that real change is coming more rapidly now. Is it true that present-day medical students have better basic science training than their faculty? Several undergraduate educators suggest that this gap is important in planning a new medical curriculum that will stimulate learning rather than protect the faculty. Similarly, we need much-improved counseling of persons interested in premedical education from the freshman year, several authorities agreed. No one revealed proved tactics to achieve this, or how to overcome