Doctor Supply and Medical Education

November 9, 1960

Report Outline
Increasing Needs for Medical Personnel
Expansion of Facilities for Medical Training
Causes of Shortages: Proposed Remedies

Action to overcome threatened shortages of medical personnel having been pledged by both parties, the new national administration to be installed in January will be in good position to put through a broad program of government support for medical education. If Congress accepts the administration program, as seems likely, it will open up a wholly new area of federal aid to medical schools and medical students.

Over the last dozen years the federal government has helped medical schools indirectly through generous support for research on numerous health problems, but little or nothing has been done to encourage young people to prepare for careers in medicine. Now it is proposed that the government extend assistance in forms directly aimed to increase enrollments for basic medical training.

The 1960 platform of the Democratic party proposed “federal aid for constructing and modernizing schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing and public health… [and for] scholarships and other assistance to break through the financial barriers to medical education.” The Republican platform called for “federal help in new programs to build schools of medicine, dentistry, public health and nursing and financial aid to students in those fields,” Because the stated objectives looked pretty much the same, although the candidates' ways of attaining them would differ, medical education did not become an issue in the presidential campaign.

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