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July 22, 1983

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

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Kansas City, Mo

JAMA. 1983;250(4):483. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340040027012

To the Editor.—  In 1973, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine graduated its first doctors of medicine. The graduates of 1983 will bring the total graduates to 510.The UMKC experience stands as an experiment in medical education in that it was designed, with no traditional school as its root, for (1) admission to medical school of 90% of its students directly from high school, (2) a full calendar of 12 months per year rather than the nine-month academic calendar, (3) both a liberal arts and a medical degree to be earned in six calendar years, (4) early and repetitive contact with patients to be the model, (5) students to have assignments for a full four-year period to a clinician-counselor (docent), and (6) the entire program to be completed in six years, not eight years.This decade of experience has value for institutions of higher education with