It becomes more difficult each year to present an accurate, comprehensive report on American medical education. The increasing number and size of medical schools and the increasing complexity of activities relating to medical education demand an ever-broadening focus. Yet more detailed information about the component parts is available now than ever before, and this too must be presented if proper perspective is to be maintained.
As a result, the size of the Council on Medical Education's report to the profession increases almost every year. The 65th Annual Report on Medical Education in the United States occupies 90 pages of this issue of The Journal. It includes 85 tables and nine figures covering almost every possible phase of medical education.
The modern medical center bears little resemblance to the medical school of a generation ago. While the education of medical students is still the major responsibility, a host of other activities