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May 1974

Surgical Manpower: A Symposium

Author Affiliations

Palo Alto, Calif; Boston; Durham, NC; Boston; Tucson, Ariz

Arch Surg. 1974;108(5):637-653. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350290005001

Dr. Chase: To keep up with the times we have, by consensus, renamed this symposium "Surgical Personpower." It is evident that surgeons have been interested in this most critical health care problem for several years and once again we hope we are demonstrating ourselves to be in the vanguard. You have an outstanding panel today and I am not going to waste your time with lengthy introductions but, as you know, we are faced with some critical problems in the health care industry in this country. A few examples are (1) uncertainty as to the optimum number of physicians, (2) maldistribution among specialties and geographic areas, (3) changing ratio of foreign medical graduates to US graduates (particularly in view of the fact that in this current year only one in five premedical graduates will get into an American medical school), (4) federal reimbursement for doctors of osteopathy in our residency

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