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Medical School Deans

Joseph Stokes III, MD
JAMA. 1971;216(11):1863. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03180370137033.
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To the Editor.—  I was more amused than enlightened by Rosinski's editorial. I read his remarks with special interest since I had at least an "implied reputation as an educator" when I was appointed dean of the embryonic School of Medicine at University of California at San Diego in 1963.Unfortunately, I cannot accept either of his major premises. That is, neither do I believe that new medical schools have failed to innovate regarding curriculum, nor do I believe that "Rosinski's Law" adequately explains whatever failures may have occurred. Although I can speak much better for UCSD than for others, "we can point with pride" to a curriculum which has pared the required courses to approximately one half of the total curriculum time, gives the students the opportunity to choose a major concentration area with diverse selective-elective options, requires that all core courses are both interdepartmental and interdisciplinary, places the

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