Eighty-nine years ago JAMA first published an EDUCATION ISSUE to call attention to the need for improvement in medical education in the United States. That tradition is continued in the editorial in the 1990 Education issue, which addresses the current concern about the outcome (or product) of US medical education. Dr Martini argues for outcome evaluation measures as an important step in assessing the educational effectiveness of medical education programs.
Medical School Enrollment
The number of applicants to US schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education for the 1989-1990 academic year increased for the first time since 1985. Of the 26 915 applicants, 16 975 students were accepted by at least one school for enrollment in the fall of 1989. The number of medical students who actually enrolled in the first year equaled 16 749. The percentage of "A" students entering has decreased, but the average Medical College