The 35th Annual Report in this issue of The Journal reveals the performance of hospitals with approved intern and resident training programs as of Sept. 1, 1960. While the imposition of the ECFMG deadline reduced temporarily the number of foreign medical graduates serving as interns, the total of 9,935 was an increase of 5% over the previous year. Foreign medical graduates thus constituted 26% of all interns and residents, a gain of 1% over the previous year.
In addition to the 9,115 interns, 30,929 physicians were pursuing specialty training in hospitals. Of the physicians in specialty training, 2,573 (8%) held appointments on bases other than as residents. Total physicians in graduate training were 40,044, or 1,245 less than the previous year. The plateau of available graduate trainees seems, therefore, to have stabilized at approximately 40,000 annually.
Because of the increase in total hospitals and total beds in American hospitals, the