If the past thirty years in medical education and hospital standardization are briefly reviewed, the two features that appear outstanding are the decrease in medical schools and the tremendous increase in the number of hospitals. The significance of this increase from the point of view of the student is made plain in the following quotation from the report of the Committee on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association:
The 624 approved hospitals provide 5,409 internships, more than enough for all graduates. Your committee believes that unless the investigations of the inspectors include the quality and quantity of clinical teaching by the staff, appraisal of the value of an internship in any hospital will be inadequate. Many large adequately equipped, well managed hospitals with excellent staffs offer very poor internships because the staff members cannot or will not give the interns sufficient clinical teaching.
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BURCH LE. THE SURGEON IN THE MAKING. JAMA. 1930;94(11):757–758. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710370001001