Who Will Teach the Basic Medical Sciences?

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Science  20 Sep 1974:
Vol. 185, Issue 4156, pp. 1022-1027
DOI: 10.1126/science.185.4156.1022


In the United States, circumstances still permit each university to set its own course under relatively broad and generous guidelines. The options for our faculties are relatively unrestricted and they can play important roles in determining university policy. We need never reach a stage which many can label “crisis,”if events are predetermined by appropriate planning. The survey described herein points to the need for specific long-range planning of the future of preclinical departments in each university. The overall health care system is clearly involved in the problems described in Britain. The coming of a new order of health care in the United States should cause planners to accelerate their work.