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July 20, 1970

Increasing the Numbers of Medical School Graduates

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Chapel Hill, NC

JAMA. 1970;213(3):467. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170290063020

To the Editor:—  In reference to the editorial, "The Blight and Plight" (212:312, 1970) concerning increasing productivity of our existing medical schools, I would like to add some comments.The influx of foreign medical graduates has not remained steady as implied. Actually, according to the AMA News of March 16, 1970, their number has dropped.The $1,400 average tuition should be increased to reflect the actual amount a new student adds to the school's income. The Health Manpower Act of 1968 (Public Law 90-490), through the basic improvement grant, provides at least $500 (and probably more depending on the formula used for the year of award) for each new student.Someone should seriously question why the University of Tennessee (with facilities equal to the average size medical school) is the only school in this country that can admit two classes a year and graduate them in less than four