EdwinL. Ash
1915 The Lancet  
626 by the overseas Dominions in the present crisis is that just given by the medical universities of the Australian Commonwealth. The universities of Melbourne and Adelaide have made arrangements allowing their medical students who have joined the colours to continue their courses at the close of hostilities without losing anything in the matter of time. Sydney provides an even more notable illustration of this spirit. The determining factor in the case was the attitude of the students
more » ... es. Chafing under the delay in the curriculum-necessary in ordinary times-which seemed likely to prevent them from taking an active medical part with their comrades at the front, they presented a memorial to the Senate, offering, on behalf of the greater number of the present fifth-year men, to endeavour to qualify earlier so as to be able to get away this year, while the whole of the fourth-year students undertook to submit to a more strenuous course of study in order that they might be qualified early next year. The offer being brought before the Faculty of Medicine, that body unanimously decided that while nothing should be omitted from the regular curriculum in any subject, the whole of the work might be carried through by concentrating it into a shorter period. In order to do this, the students have expressed willingness to go without the normal vacations, and the teachers have declared their readiness to sacrifice their personal convenience for the purpose of meeting the students half way. All the Australian medical universities are well represented at the front. Sydney, in particular, has 154 graduates on active service, and of 84 students in the present fifth year as many as 54 have offered to go this year as soon as they have qualified. Then of 75 fourth-year students, 65 have given an unconditional undertaking of service at the front in 1916. The whole movement has resulted in a serious shortage of doctors for resident posts in hospitals, and the same is true of the nursing profession. I am, Sir, yours faithfully, Dingwall, N.B., Sept. 6t,h, 1915.
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