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November 15, 1965


JAMA. 1965;194(7):822-823. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090200130026

The obvious need for more medical graduates to meet increasing demands for medical care has resulted in great interest within the profession and among the lay public in the establishment of many new medical schools. The number necessary to meet the need has never been determined exactly, but there is general acceptance of the Bane Report1 estimates that 20 to 24 new two-year and four-year medical schools should be established by 1975.

While there is good reason to question the accuracy of some of the assumptions and predictions in the Bane Report,2 it appears that the need for new medical schools is at least as great as was estimated. The number of physicians called for will probably be exceeded easily, largely because of the major influx of foreign medical graduates; but to offset this, new and greater demands are being made on the services of physicians. Recent federal legislation