Medicine: WHERE ARE TOMORROWS DOCTORS?

U.S. Medical Education Is Lagging

In 80 medical schools this month, 7,000 graduates will don academic hoods (green, for herbs) and receive the degree of Medicinae Doctor. After internship, the vast majority will be licensed to practice as physicians, swelling the nation's total to almost 250,000. The big round number looks impressive. But in fact, if the proportion of doctors in the community is to be kept from slipping dangerously during the population growth of the next ten to 20 years, the output must be upped by more than 40% — to 10,000 a year.

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