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September 25, 1954


JAMA. 1954;156(4):431-432. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950040137012

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Hospitals reported an increase over last year of 630 in the number of interns serving and 1,752 in the number of residents on duty. The increase in both categories represents, for the most part, the larger number of graduates of foreign medical schools being appointed to house staffs in hospitals throughout the country. The American Medical Association, the Federation of State Examining Boards of the United States, and other national and state organizations have been examining the problems presented by the influx of physicians from other lands. Criticism has been voiced of the wisdom of present policies relative to the foreign graduate, in terms of the effect, both immediate and long range, on the level of medical care in this country. The general question of the responsibility of American medicine for providing advanced training for these persons has been argued from the same viewpoints of nationalism versus internationalism as have

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