To the Editor:—
Each year since its beginning I have been a regular contributor to the American Medical Education Foundation (AMEF), believing firmly in its purposes and inspiration and grateful for the education I received, only part of which was paid for by my family at the time. In recent months I have been led to reexamine carefully my position concerning my responsibilities to the general cause of medical education.The first consideration is that present contributions to the AMEF are grossly inadequate. The million or so dollars a year presently collected is only a pittance in confrontation with the need as stated in literature of the AMEF itself:In order to maintain our present physician/population ratio, the rate of medical school graduation must be 50% greater by 1975. Last year our 85 medical schools graduated approximately 7,000 physicians; in 1975 they must be expected to graduate 11,000 new doctors.