On the evening of April 23, nearly 400 medical educators, industrialists, and other guests attended a reception and dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City honoring Mr. Abraham Flexner. The occasion was an auspicious introduction to the first annual Medical Education Week, during which nationwide efforts were made to better acquaint the American public with the contributions, problems, and needs in this important field. It was fitting that the third Lahey award, sponsored by the American Medical Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the National Fund for Medical Education, was presented to Mr. Flexner in recognition of his outstanding contributions to medical education. Previously the award has been received by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and former President Herbert Hoover.
It was 46 years ago that Abraham Flexner completed his objective study of medical schools in the United States and Canada and presented his findings in