JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
In the majority of articles that have appeared in this country on the
desiderata of medical education, comparatively little stress has been placed
on the clinical training that ought to finish off a medical student's course.
Possibly the matter has appeared too self-evident to require special emphasis,
but the omission is the more notable since this subject was the principal
one discussed in a rather remarkable symposium on medical training published
in the German periodicals four or five years ago, in which von Jaksch and
several other prominent German physicians took part. The present agitation
among German medical students on account of the coming exaction of the "practical
year" taking effect in 1906, and which is, therefore, retroactive in the case
of any who have matriculated within the past year or two, is in point. The
necessity of more than mere theoretical training, and, indeed, that of actual
hospital practice, is so far recognized in Germany that it has been made imperative.
AN EDUCATOR'S FORECAST OF FUTURE MEDICAL EDUCATION.. JAMA. 2003;290(6):830. doi:10.1001/jama.290.6.830-a