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September 7, 1979

Medical Student-Faculty Ratios-Reply

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1979;242(10):1032. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03300100014010

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In Reply.—  Dr Harnes is completely correct in his criticism that the wrong inference was drawn from the data cited. The intention was to refer to the total teaching responsibilities of medical school faculties (Appendix II, Table 3 in 1978; Appendix I, Table 3 in 1977), appending the percentage of change in the numbers of students from the years 1976 to 1977, and 1977 to 1978 (Table).In the Table, "other" students includes those studying dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, medical and radiological technology, as well as nurse practitioners and physician-surgeon assistants. The practice of drawing on medical school faculties and facilities for the education of students of other health science schools is more economical and can provide more educators than were each school to recruit and fund a totally separate faculty. Thus, the cost of educating a medical student, if one calculates this on the basis of Dr Harnes' letter, includes