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April 17, 1937

GRADUATE TRAINING FOR PHYSICIANS

JAMA. 1937;108(16):1342. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780160034013

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Abstract

The education of a physician is not completed in the four years of the undergraduate curriculum. His development is a lifelong process, associated with unremitting toil and assiduous devotion to the most exacting of professions. As the frontiers of human knowledge advance, the slow and laborious progress of the pathfinder is superseded by modern means of advancement. When science displaces speculation, personal trial and error become too costly. In medicine the dissemination of new knowledge is as important as its acquisition. Our rapidly growing understanding of disease demands of the practitioner today a deeper knowledge than was available even a generation ago. Medical education has come to include graduate as well as undergraduate instruction. Examining boards in the medical specialties are requiring more fundamental and more comprehensive training of those who would be recognized as especially qualified in their several fields.

The situation, obviously, is more complicated than in undergraduate

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