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Lochner, Louis P. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 14, Number 8 (May 1913)

Favill, Henry B.; Ochsner, A.J.; Chandler, Fremont E.; Curtis, Arthur H.
The needs of the Medical School,   pp. [406]-407


Page [406]


THE NEEDS OF THE MEDICAL SCHOOL
         REPORT BY SPECIAL ALUMNI COMMITTEE
To the Chairman of the Comfaittee on
    Legislation:
  Your sub-committee to which were
referred matters related to medical
education at the university, begs leave
to report as follows:
  1. We desire to direct your atten-
tion to a condition of affairs which: is
unusual and in   the highest degree
gratifying.
  The Medical Department of the
university was started gradually with
careful selection of its staff, with de-
liberate development of its curricu-
lum and upon a plan most systematic
and highly scientific. Its staff was
selected with great care and included
not only scientists of the highest or-
der, but only such.  The result has-
been that the standing of the depart-
ment in medical circles of the world
has been from the first of the highest
order. As plans have developed and
organization perfected, this standing
has improved if possible from time to
time, until at the present writing the
medical department of the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin is placed first in
this country by those agencies which
are recognized as competent accredit-
ing agencies. This history is not only
unique, but intensely gratifying to
the alumni and particularly to your
committee.
  2. After careful investigation, your
committee has come to the conclusion
that there are certain matters of
great importance which are likely to
be overlooked.
  The growth in popularity of the
school, coupled with the high rating
which its students receive in other in-
stitutions, are bringing a burden of
work upon the organization, which'it
has thus far met with great cheerful-
ness, but which it cannot be expected
adequately to perform indefinitely.
   3. Under the policy of the univer-
sity to economize and utilize its teach-
ing. resources, much work is done in
the medical department for other de-
partments. The Department of Home
Economics on the one hand and the
College of Agriculture on the other
make enormous drafts upon the re-
sources of the Medical Department.
It is proper that these should con-
tinue and be further developed, but
they bring with them necessities as to
fortifying the medical organization to
meet the situation.
   4. The great need at this point is
for more appropriate and more ade-
quate housing: . Some of the depart-
ments are fairly well provided for
but some of them so inadequately as
to make it extremely difficult to carry
the work.
   5. Whereas, your committee re-
gards with approval the development
of the Medical Department gradually
and with absolute maintenance of its
high standard, it nevertheless feels
that the time has arrived when prog-
ress will not be possible under condi-
tions of such difficulty.
  As a matter of educational effi-
ciency as well as of state pride, we
view with great reluctance any possi-
bility of having the Medical Depart-
ment recede at all from the very dis-
tinguished position which it now oc-


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