North American Medical Education Foundation

Rockefeller Foundation Report on Medical Education, June 1919

Leading the Charge

Spurred by Flexner’s report, the General Education Board (GEB) and later, the Rockefeller Foundation (RF) called for a transformation of, and investment in, medical education in the U.S. Medical education, as Flexner described it, was mostly a for-profit enterprise undertaken by small schools staffed by a few, part-time doctors. In many cases medical education involved no laboratory work or practical training. Students were often admitted without a high school education, and curricula varied widely from school to school.

GEB and RF officials well understood that the success of their program might shutter some of the worst medical schools, while the best, with their help, would compete with the finest schools in Europe. The RF mandated a relationship between hospitals and any medical school that the Foundation funded. The RF also required teaching staff to be under university control and devoted solely to teaching rather than balancing their duties with private, for-profit practice.

The GEB took the lead in the improvement of medical education in the United States. Directing the medical education program was Flexner, who became Secretary of the GEB in 1913. Under his advisement the first grants towards the improvement of medical education went to Johns Hopkins University in 1913. Hopkins received an annual grant to develop its clinical programs, including medicine, surgery and pediatrics. The success realized at Hopkins inspired further grants, including significant sums for the medical programs at Yale and Vanderbilt Universities. It also motivated JDR Sr. to earmark a further $45, 000, 000 for the GEB’s program in medical education.

Bridging the Gap

The GEB also supported medical schools at historically black colleges. The biggest recipient of this support was Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Support for Meharry began in 1916, and over thirty years the GEB contributed approximately $8 million, helping to create a first-class center for African-American education in medicine, nursing and dentistry. Beginning in 1947 the RF made contributions to the school in order to off-set the increasing costs of operation. Upon announcing this additional support the GEB noted, “In the training of Negro doctors Meharry Medical College easily occupies first place. More than half the country’s Negro practitioners are its graduates, and the College’s present enrollment is greater than the total of Negro medical students in all other American medical schools.”

FOUNDATION FOR CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATION AND RESEARCH CHIROPRACTIC AND PRIMARY HEALTH CARE VHS VIDEOCASSETTE: FOUNDATION FOR CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
Single Detail Page Misc (FOUNDATION FOR CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATION AND RESEARCH)
  • CHIROPRACTIC
  • VIDEOCASSETTE
  • VHS FORMAT
  • EDUCATION
  • MEDICAL

GMC taps director for new residency program  — Gwinnettdailypost.com
“We will provide students with a solid medical education foundation to practice internal medicine in a hospital or outpatient setting.” Prior to getting tapped for GMC position, Bates also served as director of FACES HIV Program at Nationwide Children ..

CRC Press Foundations of Evidence-Based Medicine
Book (CRC Press)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
The Guilford Press Behavioral Assessment in Schools, Second Edition: Theory, Research, and Clinical Foundations
Book (The Guilford Press)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
Jossey-Bass Research Methods in Health Promotion
Book (Jossey-Bass)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
FOUNDATION FOR CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATION AND RESEARCH FOCUS ON CHRONIC PAIN VHS VIDEOCASSETTE: FOUNDATION FOR CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATION AND RESEARCH VIDEO CLINICS
Single Detail Page Misc (FOUNDATION FOR CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATION AND RESEARCH)
  • CHIROPRACTIC
  • VIDEOCASSETTE
  • VHS FORMAT
  • EDUCATION
  • MEDICAL

Popular Q&A

avatar
What were the accomplishments of the Founding Fathers in creating foundations of the American education system during the Revolutionary era

Answer
All I can think of at this time is the "Land Ordinance of 1785," under the Articles of Confederation. In this amendment to the Articles of Confederation, several paragraphs down, it states: "There shall be reserved for the United States out of every township...four lots....There shall be reserved the lot No. 16 of every township for the maintenance of public schools within the said township.... SHS

Related Posts