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August 14, 1909


Author Affiliations

Secretary of the Council on Medical Education, of the American Medical Association CHICAGO

JAMA. 1909;LIII(7):512-515. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550070016002

That we have in this country no national body having legal power to charter and control educational institutions is generally understood. Under our system of government this control, along with the licensing of physicians, belongs to the police powers of the various states. In the majority of foreign countries, however, there are national boards or committees which charter all schools, including medical, and which insist on definite standards being maintained.

This country is still comparatively young and in some respects has not attained full growth. Our educational institutions have been allowed to shift for themselves and, of course, much confusion of standards has resulted. The past eight or ten years, however, has seen a gradual development toward system and in the last few years particularly rapid progress has been made. At the present time only three or four states regulate the chartering of institutions, while in the

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