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Most physicians in industry today have acquired proficiency without the advantage of formal training. Many of them believe that on the job experience is the best preparation for industrial medical service. The principal objection to this approach is that trained professional personnel is not produced regularly enough or in sufficient quantity to satisfy a continuous and growing demand.
Of several methods of advanced instruction now being developed, the residency system seems to offer the most promising means of creating a reservoir of qualified industrial physicians. It has the advantage of ready adaptation to extended periods of training leading toward certification, best accomplished through affiliation with one of the university-connected departments or institutes of industrial health now being developed in medical schools and schools of public health. Early in the current year, therefore, the Council on Medical Education requested the Council on Industrial Health to prepare criteria for residencies in occupational
PREPARATION FOR INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE. JAMA. 1947;135(13):841. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890130031014