Report on the Program for Improving the Teaching of Tropical Medicine in the Medical Curriculum

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  • Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, New York University

It is a well known and regrettable fact that tropical and other parasitic diseases occupied a very small place in the curriculum of most of the medical schools in this country prior to the present war. Recognizing the urgent need for improvement, the Association of American Medical Colleges appointed a Committee on the Teaching of Tropical Medicine at its annual meeting in October 1941. The Committee consisted of Dr. Maxwell E. Lapham of Tulane University, Dr. Malcolm H. Soule of the University of Michigan and myself. This Committee made a survey of the instruction being given in the medical schools (1, 2), which showed that 20 per cent gave no required instruction in parasitic diseases and 62 per cent gave no required instruction in tropical medicine. In addition, 29 per cent gave inadequate instruction in parasitic diseases and 30 per cent gave inadequate instruction in tropical medicine.

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