The analysis of current trends in the supply and distribution of interns presented in the Annual Report of Approved Internships and Residencies, prepared by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals and published in this issue of The Journal, should interest all who administer or participate in internship programs.
The primary purpose of internship is to provide additional educational experience for the recent medical school graduate. However, the value of the service that an intern contributes to a hospital has become so widely appreciated that more and more hospitals have undertaken to develop approved internship programs, often at considerable expense. As a consequence, the ratio of the number of available internships to the number of interns seeking appointments has been completely reversed during the past thirty years. From a period when only a few of the larger metropolitan hospitals offered a limited number of internships and when only a fortunate