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May 5, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(18):1136-1137. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460180048013

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The Superintendent of Public Instruction, of the State of Michigan, recently appointed Judge A. J. Mills, of Kalamazoo, and Dr. F. F. Pitcher, of Detroit, as a commission to visit and report on the medical colleges in the state. They have made their report and, while they put the stamp of their disapproval on the policy of chartering private medical colleges, they suggest certain regulations to be followed in case such a policy is continued. Among these are a fixed standard of preliminary qualifications and graduation and examinations by independent boards for both, the assurance of the financial responsibility and adequate teaching resources of the institutions, and a constant and thorough inspection of them by competent official visitors. They further recommend the refusal of charters for medical colleges in small towns where the medical, clinical and hospital facilities are not ordinarily found. These suggestions are sensible and should be also

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