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Sept 28, 1984

Recent Events of Special Interest to Medical Education

Author Affiliations

Dr Egan is director of the American Medical Association Division of Medical Education and secretary of the Council on Medical Education.

JAMA. 1984;252(12):1519-1520. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350120003002

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The inclusion in the Annual Reports on Medical Education of a section describing special events and activities that might be expected to have an important effect on medical education began with the 1966 Annual Report.

A review of some of the earlier "recent events" suggests that the importance of topics has changed with time.

In 1966, there was widespread agreement that a shortage of physicians should be corrected by promoting an increase in medical school enrollment. Federal appropriations supported the expansion of the existing medical schools and the creation of many new schools. Each year, federal appropriations for the support of research by medical school faculties increased. Today, although federal funds continue to support research, a concerted effort to expand medical schools, as well as the availability of federal support of medical schools, has faded into history.

On the other hand, the impact of the report of the American Medical