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January 13, 1989

Happenings at a Medical School in the Late Sixties

Author Affiliations

Dr Egeberg is former dean of the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

Dr Egeberg is former dean of the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

JAMA. 1989;261(2):275-277. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420020129044
Abstract

Indiana's Senator James Watson told me when I was 11 years old that I could grow up to be president of the United States because my father was an immigrant and I was born here. But nobody ever told me I could be dean of a medical school. So I was amazed and honored when Dr Norman Topping, president of the University of Southern California, offered me that position in 1964.

I was from the other side of the tracks. I had gone up the clinical ladder, from clinical instructor of medicine to clinical professor, but had never been part of academia. I was going to have to learn, on the job, the delicate difference between administering to a medical faculty's needs and a similar responsibility in a large teaching hospital. I found that generically there was none. But the students were a surprise. I found school-oriented activists urging changes

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