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March 15, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(11):1145. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820110109011

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At present, probably more than ever previously, a need for clear thinking on the subject of the supply of interns in relation to the demand by hospitals for their services is desirable. Some hospitals have been unable to secure any interns and others have not secured their usual number. The demand exceeds the supply. The size of senior classes in approved medical schools has remained almost constant since 1934, while the number of appointments available each year in approved hospitals has steadily increased. Although statistics are not yet available, the number of graduates of European schools seeking internships in this country has diminished greatly within the past year. While the number of interns recruited from this source has never been large, the recent decrease has served to accentuate the disproportion between supply and demand.

The approved medical schools with their present facilities cannot increase the size of their classes without

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