Elsewhere in this issue is an announcement of the appointment of the director of the survey of medical education which is being conducted by the Committee to Survey Medical Education under the joint sponsorship of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges. The survey will begin Jan. 1, 1949, and will extend over a period of three years. At its completion, a detailed report of the Committee's findings and recommendations will be published.
One of the important forces that have raised medical education in this country to its present high level has been the capacity of the medical profession and medical educators to indulge in self criticism and to exercise self regulation. It may be expected that the present survey will follow the tradition of previous surveys by emphasizing the deficiencies rather than the accomplishments of our present