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VOLUME.17, NUMBER 6
DURHAM. NORTH CAROLINA
Medical Class Size Goes to 104
Responding to the need for additional
physicians in the United States, Duke will
accept more medical students this fall
than ever before.
The planned increase, boosting
enrollment in the freshman class from 86
to 104, will mark the third time within
five years that Duke has expanded its
medical school classes.
Citing the need for more doctors. Dr.
Thomas D. Kinney, director of medical
education, said, "The American public
has come to expect the best in medical
care. For this reason, medical schools
must train more first-class doctors."
Dr. Kinney announced receipt of a
$1,640,000 grant from the federal
Department of Health, Education and
Welfare to facilitate the increased medical
Beginning about the middle of June,
the Medical Center will provide bus ser
vice to medical buildings outside the
main hospital complex.
The bus, a 30-passenger model, will
travel to the Pickens Rehabilitation Cen
ter, Research Park, the Nanaline H. Duke
Building, the back entrance of Davison
Building, and outlying parking lots.
In addition to the bus service, hospi
tal administration hopes to arrange a mail
and parcel service to the buildings.
The bus schedule will be based on
need and will be announced in the near
Additional faculty members are being
recruited to preserve the high quality of
medical education now available at Duke.
To provide adequate working space and
equipment for the additional students,
some of the research laboratories on the
fourth floor of Davison Building will be
relocated to the nearby Bell Building and
the vacated area in Davison Building will
be used for classrooms.
Existing teaching facilities at Duke
were designed to accommodate about 80
medical students per class.
"The faculty of Duke University
Medical Center recognizes the great need
for additional physicians in this country
and it seeks to do its share to respond to
that need by increasing the enrollment,"
Kinney said. "At the same time the
faculty is determined to maintain the
same high-quality medical education for
which Duke is widely noted."
The Duke School of Medicine received
approximately 1,800 applications for
positions in the first-year medical class in
1969. Dr. Kinney noted that entrance
examination scores of those admitted to
Duke Medical School rank in the upper
10 per cent in the nation.
The plan for making funds available
for the expansion of medical school
classes was fostered by the Association of
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COIN' HOME—Three Duke nursing students packed up their four years'
worth of memories and all their belongings a few days before graduation. From
left to right are Lynette Wechsler, Mary Castle, and Jo Anne Schlutter Judd. For
stories on the medical and nursing student graduation, see pages 8 aod 10. (photo by