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Part-time Training Programs

Leon G. Smith, MD
JAMA. 1978;240(7):635-636. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290070037005.
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To the Editor.—  St Michael's Medical Center was one of the first medical training schools to offer an individualized program to part-time interns and residents. Part-time residencies have been offered to practicing physicians, married women, researchers, and physicians with large debts. Because of the growing cost of medical education and the depletion of funds to pay house officers by third-party payers, we have had a great interest in the part-time program lately.This program has been particularly appealing to those with large financial responsibilities who are seeking highly specialized fellowships or miniresidencies in special skills. It has also attracted physicians who wish to transfer from one specialty to another.In all, seven house officers have participated in St Michael's program: five men and two women physicians. The programs were arranged to meet their individual needs. One American-trained woman, for example, did her internship over a three-year period during a time


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