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June 30, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(9):818. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670090050017

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In this issue of The Journal, the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals announces the establishment of quotas for the appointment of interns to become effective July 1, 1952. The announcement points out that, as a result of an increasing demand by hospitals for the services of interns over the past 10 years, the number of internships offered by approved hospitals now exceeds the number of available applicants by at least 3,000. This disparity has given rise to many undesirable consequences, some of which seriously threaten the integrity of the whole program of intern training. The exertion of undue influence on prospective applicants, overstaffing with interns in some hospitals and emphasis on noneducational aspects of the internship in other hospitals, are cited as some of the undesirable results of the present situation which make necessary the establishment of internship quotas, even though limitations of this type are distasteful.

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