The first standards officially established by the American Medical Association for an approved medical school were prepared more than 40 years ago by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals with the approval of the House of Delegates. Periodically, these standards, known as the "Essentials of an Acceptable Medical School," have been revised by the Council to meet changing ideals, concepts, and methods in medical education.
In December, 1951, the Council completed work initiated a year earlier on the eighth major revision of these essentials. The revision was approved by the House of Delegates at the Clinical Session in Los Angeles. Copies of the revised essentials are at present being distributed to the medical schools and others interested in medical education. In the course of preparing this revision, the Council received valuable suggestions from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
The revised essentials do not depart from fundamental principles that