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August 14, 1948


JAMA. 1948;137(16):1467-1468. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890500115011

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Data published in the Internship and Residency Number of The Journal, May 1, make it apparent that the point is being reached in graduate training beyond which further expansion of facilities is probably not desirable. In hospitals approved for intern training, the number of positions available already exceed the number of applicants by 30 per cent. More than 12 per cent of approved hospitals were unable to fill any of their positions during the past year, with an additional 13 per cent having less than half the number of interns desired. Hospitals now approved for residency training are well able to accommodate future graduates, in most, if not all, of the specialties. While the number of approved residencies has increased threefold since prewar years, the number of applicants apparently is gradually decreasing. The majority of physicians who sought residencies after their release from military service have completed their training or

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