In February 1964, the executive council of the Association of American Medical Colleges, at the suggestion of its executive director, Dr. Ward Darley, voted that a complete study be made of that association's function and structure, with particular reference to the role it should play in the decades ahead. Dr. Lowell T. Coggeshall, vice-president of the University of Chicago, was commissioned to carry out the study, and a special planning committee was established to provide advice and counsel during the study.
Dr. Coggeshall's completed report, "Planning for Medical Progress Through Education," was transmitted to the executive council on April 19, 1965. The report was printed in mass quantities and was distributed widely after the executive council had voted to accept the report and to approve the recommendations in principle.
Because many areas of the report are of direct interest to the medical profession generally, the AMA Council on Medical Education