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December 22, 1978

Recent Events of Special Interest to Medical Education

JAMA. 1978;240(26):2809-2814. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290260013001

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Since 1966, section I of the EDUCATION ISSUE has been devoted to a review of "Recent Events of Special Interest to Medical Education." Information has been included about special studies, reports, legislation, and other events and activities that are related to medical education and may be expected to influence its future course and direction.

During the past year, several important trends were evident. One was growing concern over the cost of medical care, with resultant proposals for cost containment at various points in the system, including medical education. Coupled with rising inflation and taxpayers' revolts against government spending, the desires to restrain expenditures seem certain to increase the fiscal problems of educational institutions. Changes in admission policies and problems were forecast by the Supreme Court's decision on the Bakke case and by a significant downturn in applicants for admission to health schools, the first in many years. Implementation of the