There is general recognition of the fact that the period which the medical graduate devotes to internship is one of the most valuable in his whole career. The medical college, the hospital and the intern are all vitally interested in the subject.
The medical college has as its most important function the preparation of young men and women for the general practice of medicine. It takes the student after several years of college preparation, consisting largely of elementary training in the sciences, and endeavors to give him as thorough instruction as the time will permit in those fundamental sciences that underly the practice of the profession. They further endeavor to give him an introduction to the theory and practice of clinical medicine. After at least six years of instruction the student comes to the end of his college course. His career thus far has not only been a succession of
BACHMEYER AC. THE HOSPITAL, THE MEDICAL COLLEGE AND THE INTERN. JAMA. 1931;96(13):1002-1004. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720390012005