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November 20, 1987

Medical Students Are Being Taught SI Units

JAMA. 1987;258(19):2694. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400190076016

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To the Editor.—  Among the many arguments raised against the use of Système International (SI) units in medicine, a relatively new one is that general implementation should not begin because SI units are not taught in medical schools. No data exist to support or refute this claim. To get some idea of medical school activity in this area, we decided to survey the American Medical Association Medical Student Section assembly at its Annual Meeting in Chicago on June 19 through June 21, 1987. According to data obtained from the American Medical Association Medical Student Section office, 265 students from 115 schools of medicine and osteopathy were present at some time during the three-day meeting. The survey was distributed to every student present on the second day of the meeting and was collected when the meeting adjourned for the day.The survey asked which schools the students were attending, how many