Medicine: Med School Revolution

When the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine was opened in 1893, a high-school graduate could get right into medical college and expect to hang out his shingle in about four years. "The Hopkins," as Baltimoreans call it, changed all that. It demanded a college degree, then four years of medical study. This basic plan, with some variations, has been adopted by virtually all U.S. medical schools. With at least a year's internship added, it has come to mean at least nine, perhaps eleven years, between high school and the practice of medicine.

After vague rumblings of possible changes at Johns Hopkins, details...

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