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December 23, 1974

Medical Education in the United States: A Change in Format

Author Affiliations

Director Medical Education Division American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1974;230(12):1682. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240120050024

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Statistics on medical education in the United States were first published in The Journal in 1901. Subsequently, the issue containing such statistics became known as the "Education Number," and was published annually for 73 years. The 73RD ANNUAL REPORT ON MEDICAL EDUCATION appeared last year in the Nov 19, 1973, issue of The Journal.

This year, for the first time since the compilation began, the statistics on medical education will not appear in the regular pages of The Journal but will rather be published separately in limited numbers. The decision to separate the Education Number was made because of the competition for editorial space.

The content will be similar to that of previous years. An initial section contains a brief review of "Recent Events of Special Interest to Medical Education," including such items as the present status of the Coordinating Council on Medical Education, health manpower and health manpower legislation,