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December 13, 1965

The Open Medical School

Author Affiliations

From the Institute for Cardiopulmonary Diseases, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, La Jolla, Calif.

JAMA. 1965;194(11):1220-1224. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090240054014

A school of language, of music, of science can have (but may not have, of course) a neutral existence within the community, yet still be a satisfactory member of both community and college. A medical school may also aim for the neutral role by confining its activities to medical student education and to its own internal hospital functions and research programs. However, the nature of a medical school makes possible for it to have a different relationship to its community than any other school within the university. If careful effort and thought are devoted to the premedical years, to the intern and resident programs of the regional hospitals, and, beyond this, to the continuing education of the physicians in private practice, the school could serve as a catalyst—bringing life to a regional medical concept, with values beyond the numerical addition of a medical school to the community.

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