Widespread interest has been shown by many hospitals in reestablishing a basic two-year program of graduate education similar to that prior to World War II. As late as 1941, 22 per cent of the approved internship programs were from 12 to 24 months in duration, especially in hospitals affiliated with medical schools. Resolutions aimed at reestablishing the two-year internship have been introduced repeatedly at the annual sessions of the House of Delegates, although the objective was sometimes for a better distribution of interns to those hospitals with recruitment difficulties.
The new two-year program in family practice approved by the House of Delegates, June, 1959, is now being established in carefully selected hospitals. Such pilot programs will be studied advertently by the Council staff and advisory committee in anticipation of the day when sufficient knowledge will have accumulated so that "Essentials" can be written, thus opening the program to all hospitals