EDICAL Education for National Defense (MEND) is a program for introducing into the regular medical school curriculum information about the special problems of military and disaster medicine. Started in 1952 with five pilot schools, it has been steadily expanded each year and now includes 45 schools with an enrollment of more than 14,000 medical students. It has had far more enthusiastic reception in the medical schools than one might have expected, and each year there have been more schools seeking to be included than funds would permit.
The reasons for the success of the program are easily identified:
Seventy to eighty per cent of all recent medical graduates are serving on active duty with the military establishment and are giving most of the professional care to the members of the armed forces. Thus, there is real need for continuing close liaison between the medical schools and the military.