AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. August 2000, Volume 2, Number 8.

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The Case for More U.S. Medical Students

Readers are referred to an article in a 2000 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine to discuss whether U.S. labor and educational policies should offer as many U.S. students as possible the opportunity to study and practice medicine.

Articles and books on bioethics continue to expand in both number and the range of topics discussed. Between 1989 and 1998, more than 4000 articles alone were published in MEDLINE-cited journals. Some of the major topics examined are the patient-physician relationship, end-of-life care, reproductive medicine, genetics, and the allocation of scarce medical resources. From these publications, we will be selecting a handful of articles and chapters, some of which reflect issues of perennial concern to physicians, others reflect more recent quandries resulting from advances in biomedical technology.

A new article or book chapter will be featured every month, accompanied by questions intended to guide readers along the path of ethical reasoning and to promote discussion.

Mullan F. The case for more US medical students. NEJM. 2000;343(3):213.

Questions for Discussion

The author of this article claims that "U.S. labor and educational policies should be designed to offer as many U.S. students as possible the opportunity to study and practice medicine." Do you agree with this claim? Why or why not?

The author also believes that reliance on international medical graduates creates a "medical work force in the United States that is not well matched to the population in terms of culture and language." Do you believe this is a valid criticism? Why or why not?

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