Those interested in the future of medical education received substantial encouragement on July 19 with the announcement that the National Fund for Medical Education had made its initial distribution of grants totaling $1,132,500 to the 79 medical schools of the country. It is expected that the Fund, with the cooperation of professional, industrial, and civic leaders throughout America, will raise a total of at least 5 million dollars for medical education and that the schools will receive additional grants before the year is over.
The circumstances motivating this effort on the part of medical educators, the medical profession, and many from beyond the field of medicine to raise funds for the medical schools were and are many. The nation's facilities for the education of physicians have been heavily burdened during recent years by the effects of rising costs, reduced income from endowments, and fewer large individual gifts. As each year