SINCE its inception, the Coordinating Council on Medical Education (CCME), as representative of its parent organizations, has had the responsibility to consider and make recommendations on matters relating to medical education. As the principal representatives of the private sector of society concerned with the totality of medical education, the CCME has studied and issued reports on the primary care physician, the foreign medical graduate, and the distribution of physicians by specialty.
There is an ongoing need to collect and analyze data on the requirements for the number and types of physicians and the current supply and educational output of physicians. It is recognized that other studies on specialty distribution, in both the public and private sector, are in progress and that duplication of effort should be avoided. It is probable, however, that these other studies will tend to be single analyses of the current situation and will not serve as