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SFMMS at 150: 1910 - Flexner Report



The 1910 Flexner Report called on American medical schools to enact higher admission and graduation standards, and to adhere strictly to the protocols of mainstream science in their teaching and research. Nearly 200 medical schools fell short of the standard and either merged or were closed outright. San Francisco’s medical schools were found to be adequate and the report led to improvements in their clinical curricula. With its medical schools and large number of hospitals, San Francisco had become the medical center for all of California.

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