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Sept 7, 1963


JAMA. 1963;185(10):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060100001001

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AMA Testifies on Medical Education Measure. —  The AMA has asked the Senate to support federal aid for construction of medical schools, but urged rejection of a government loan program for medical students.Testifying before a Senate labor and public welfare subcommittee, Dr. Norman A. Welch, AMA president-elect, said the problem of recruitment of qualified medical school applicants is no longer a major one, and the problem of financial need is being adequately met by the nongovernment, nonsubsidized loan program established by the AMA.Welch was accompanied by Dr. Lyman Smith, program director of the AMA Education and Research Foundation, and Bernard P. Harrison, director of the AMA Department of Legislative Activities.The Senate subcommittee, headed by Sen. Lister Hill (D., Ala.), was considering a House-passed bill providing a three-year, $175 million program of construction grants and a federal loan program.Welch told the subcommittee there is need for assistance

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