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December 22, 1978

The Circle Closed

Author Affiliations

Assistant Director Department of Undergraduate Medical Evaluation

JAMA. 1978;240(26):2875. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290260079008

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When the American Medical Association was formed in 1847, every "regularly constituted medical college or chartered school of medicine" enjoyed the privilege of sending two delegates to AMA conventions. One of the prime objectives of the newly organized AMA was to improve the quality of medical education in the United States. During the years, the organic nature of the AMA and its House of Delegates resulted in the loss of direct participation by medical schools. During the interim meeting of the House in December 1976, the delegates agreed to form the Section on Medical Schools to give academic medicine a direct voice in the proceedings of the House.

The organizational meeting of the Section occurred in June 1977 in San Francisco. In June 1978 Section representatives discussed all matters related to medical education that would come before the House and through its representatives was able to convey the sense of