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VIII. A Study of Internship Programs in University Hospitals

Richard H. Saunders, M.D.
JAMA. 1961;176(12):997-1000. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040250023008.
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SOME of the uncertainties regarding the place of internship in modern programs of graduate medical education were brought into sharp focus by yesterday's debate on this topic. Because many have for some years questioned whether the internship experience continues to have value, the Committee on Internships, Residencies, and Graduate Medical Education of the Association of American Medical Education and the Association of American Medical Colleges, undertook a study of the internship programs offered by the major teaching hospitals of some of its member institutions. The study was carried out during the 1959-1960 intern year, and a detailed report of the findings will be published in the near future.*

The 27 hospitals invited to participate in the study were selected to give representation to all geographic areas of the country, all sizes of hospitals, and both private and tax supported medical schools. These hospitals offered internships of all types. A 2


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