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September 9, 1950

THE MEDICAL SCHOOLS AND GENERAL PRACTICE

JAMA. 1950;144(2):184. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920020104013

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Abstract

The report of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals indicates that interest on the part of medical schools in preparing students and recent graduates for the general practice of medicine continues. Last year's Educational Number reported that 42 schools had established programs designed to stimulate the interest of students in careers in general practice. This year there is a further report that 25 medical schools are sponsoring in their affiliated hospitals internships or residencies, or both, that are specifically planned to meet the needs of prospective general practitioners. A number of additional schools report that they have similar programs under consideration.

An important trend in medical education is the increasing number of schools that are including preceptorships with general practitioners as part of the medical school curriculum. Thirteen schools now offer preceptorships, nine having established them within the last two years. The principal purpose of this assignment is to

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