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Welcome to the misc.education.medical Frequently Asked Questions list (FAQ), also known as the Medical Education FAQ. This article answers questions commonly asked on the misc.education.medical newsgroup, which discusses medical education (MD and DO training issues). It is crossposted to several groups with readers interested in medical education. This document should always be available on the World Wide Web at: <http://www.memfaq.com/> or through the hypertext FAQ archives at: <http://www.faqs.org/faqs/> The FAQ should also be available via anonymous FTP at: <ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/misc.education.medical/> and is posted regularly to the following Usenet newsgroups: misc.education.medical soc.college.grad soc.college.admissions sci.med Comments about the FAQ itself are invited and can be sent to me at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Suggestions for improvement and corrections of inaccurate information are especially welcome. If you have a question that is not answered in this FAQ article, try asking it on misc.education.medical. IMPORTANT NOTE If you are looking for answers to questions about medical conditions or procedures, the proper newsgroups to read and post to are the sci.med.* groups. If you are seeking medical advice, consult a licensed physician. The newsgroup misc.education.medical is for discussions of medical education only. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This article is not the work of one; many individuals have contributed to this FAQ. Special thanks go to James Bright, who maintained the "version 1" FAQ from the early days of the newsgroup in 1994 until July 1998, and Sandeep Dave, who created the newsgroup in June 1994 and compiled the first FAQ answers. Contributors to the current FAQ include: Natalie Belle; Tim Cramm; Scott Goodman; Chris Kahn; Ryan Maves; Kris McCoy; Greg Nee; John Nguyen; Dave Russo; Eric Wilkinson; and Timothy Wu. DISCLAIMER This article is provided as is without any express or implied warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this article, the maintainer and contributors assume no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein.