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November 1967

International Social Forces Affecting Undergraduate Medical Education

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver.

Am J Dis Child. 1967;114(5):538-544. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1967.02090260126011

THE THESIS that international social forces are affecting undergraduate medical education hardly needs defending. When one considers the liberalization of curricular structure in many medical schools, the freeing-up of greater and greater amounts of truly elective time, the lowering of costs of international travel, the affluence of our society which makes grants and fellowships available so that international travel is more readily possible as well as the great number of medical schools which have formal or informal ties with medical centers in other parts of the world, it is easy to understand why there has been such a marked increase in international travel by undergraduate medical students and by faculties since the Second World War. It must be recalled that from the turn of the century and until the depression in the early 30's, international travel, primarily to European medical centers by faculties and graduate students was devoted to furthering

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