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JAMA 100 Years Ago
May 9, 2001

THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS.

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2001;285(18):2299. doi:10.1001/jama.285.18.2299

The sixteenth annual meeting of this medical body, just held in Washington, D. C.—where all its meetings are held—seems to have been exceptionally successful from the point of attendance as well as in the scientific program and discussion. In the president's address, Dr. William H. Welch, of Baltimore, made the significant observation that the day for formal addresses before bodies like this had passed. It would be well if this sentiment became more general because much valuable time is consumed in the delivery, and much valuable space in the printing, of introductory addresses of but little real value. Dr. Welch emphasized that while the opportunities for research in the more technical branches of medicine at present are unexcelled in this country, yet scientific work of an advanced character in clinical medicine had not developed as much as might be wished. As has been pointed out in the columns of THE JOURNAL,1 the majority of our large hospitals are not yet organized in such a way as to render the proper sort of post-graduate work in clinical branches practicable and inviting. Dr. Welch recommended the introduction of the system of hospital residents as an important step toward the development of clinical post-graduate work. The essential point is that under hap-hazard and too frequently political methods of appointing hospital staffs no regular, systematic plans for training young men in clinical medicine have been developed.

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