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July 11, 1966

Recruitment of New MDs

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1966;197(2):152. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110020140053

To the Editor:—  Students interested in careers in science are tending to choose training which leads to degrees other than the MD. In the past 15 years, college graduates have increased from 432,058 to 498,654.1,2 The number of graduates entering nonmedical areas of biology has increased by 216%, the number choosing the physical sciences has increased by 92%, and the number of graduates from schools of nursing has increased 110%. By contrast, the number of applicants to medical schools remains stable at about 20,000, plus or minus about 500 per year, and the number of physicians graduated has increased only 20%, from 6,135 to 7,409 (194: 1965).In the past year, the Connecticut Society for Medical Research has sponsored a program to acquaint high school science students with career opportunities in medical research. A principal objective of the program has been to increase the number of science-oriented students selecting

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