For many years it has been the obligation, and the privilege, of the Council on Medical Education to make an annual report to the medical profession on the status of medical education in the United States. This was, in fact, the first function assigned to the Council when it was established as a permanent council of the AMA House of Delegates.
The first Education Number of JAMA was the issue of Sept 21, 1901, and it has been continued annually since that time. The 66th annual report is now offered in 1966 on pages 847 to 938 of this issue. During this period the scope and complexity of American medical education have increased enormously. Accordingly, the task and challenge of presenting a comprehensive analysis of medical education have also increased.
As usual, the major basis for the report is the annual medical school questionnaire prepared and distributed by staff of