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The Town-Gown Syndrome: Pathology

W. Clarke Wescoe, MD
JAMA. 1963;186(8):785-786. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.63710080019011.
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ONE OF MEDICINE'S most perplexing problems—a problem that has called forth hours of discussion and about which volumes have been written—is a subject well worth further examination. The AMA Council on Medical Education and Hospitals occupies a unique position in relation to this problem. The Council stands in close association with the practice of medicine; it was created by the practitioner, it is elected by the practitioner, it serves as a standing committee for the supervision of educational programs leading to a better practice of medicine. The Council, similarly, stands in close association with medical education; it was created to insure high educational standards, it is actively engaged in the constant appraisal of educational programs, and it is a vehicle for communication with medical educators. Uniquely, on a national level, the Council serves as the continuing liaison between medical practice and medical education, between practitioners and professors.

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