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The Social Mission of Medical Education: Ranking the Schools

Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, Candice Chen, MD, MPH, Stephen Petterson, PhD, Gretchen Kolsky, MPH, CHES, Michael Spagnola, BA

Publication type: Grantee Publication

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Background: The basic purpose of medical schools is to educate physicians to care for the national population. Fulfilling this goal requires an adequate number of primary care physicians, adequate distribution of physicians to underserved areas, and a sufficient number of minority physicians in the workforce.

Objective: To develop a metric called the social mission score to evaluate medical school output in these 3 dimensions.

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