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August 21, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXV(8):717-718. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580080059012

We publish this week, for the fifteenth consecutive year, complete statistics regarding medical education in the United States. During these fifteen years there has been a most remarkable and encouraging improvement, and it seems worth while to review the measures which have brought about the excellent results.

BEGINNING OF THE CAMPAIGN  In 1900, The Journal began the collection of statistics regarding medical colleges, students and graduates. The results that first year were so unsatisfactory that the data gathered were not published. The next year, however, the returns were much better and, in 1901, the first Educational Number of The Journal was published. There were 159 medical colleges included in the statistics. It was a matter of common knowledge that many of the colleges then existing were joint-stock corporations, conducted largely for the profit of their owners. It was also well known that by many of the colleges little or no