The first of 4 symposia on medical education appears in this issue of The Journal, p. 753. This, like the others that follow, represents the opinions expressed during the 57th Annual Congress on Medical Education and Licensure sponsored earlier this year by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association. The theme of the contributions in this issue concerns the growth of the basic sciences and their claim upon time and talent, particularly in the medical school years. Thomas B. Turner, Dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, presented his impressions as a medical school administrator. Horace W. Davenport, Chairman of the Department of Physiology of the University of Michigan School, presented the viewpoints of a basic science teacher, while Lewis Thomas, Chairman of the Department of Medicine of New York University College of Medicine, interpreted his thoughts as a teacher of clinical medicine.