Casual inspection of the 68th Annual Report on pages 1987-2107 of this issue of The Journal will impress one with the ferment currently abounding in medical education. Unquestionably most of the activity in the field stems from the present concern for manpower shortages among physicians and the professions allied to medicine. Although the manpower problem is most immediate, leaders in medical education are guarding against decisions which may compromise the quality of their products without inhibiting worthwhile experimentation.
In any case, the AMA Council on Medical Education recognizes its responsibility to present in this report a comprehensive picture of medical education for the public as well as the profession. A major source of information for the report on undergraduate medical education is the annual medical school questionnaire prepared and distributed by staff of the Council and the Association of American Medical Colleges on behalf of the Liaison Committee on Medical