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August 10, 1970

The Three-Year Medical Curriculum

Author Affiliations

From the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo.

JAMA. 1970;213(6):1012-1015. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170320040008

For several years, medical educators have been carefully examining the length of time it takes to become a practicing physician. There are points along the educational path where appropriate shortcuts might be made by students who are both interested and endowed with adequate aptitudes. The more apparent of these are (1) reducing the calendar years spent in college to less than four, (2) reducing the calendar years spent in medical college to less than four, (3) elimination of the internship, and (4) decreasing the years spent in residency training.

In this presentation, I will give prime consideration to the shortening of the medical school curriculum. I will also briefly discuss the reduction of other portions of prepractitioner education.

In 1967, Paul Sanazaro and I organized a conference entitled "The Optimal Preparation for the Study of Medicine," which, in essence, examined the college-medical school relationship.1 As a result of that