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September 1, 1956


Author Affiliations

Jackson, Miss.

Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Director of the Section on General Practice, University of Mississippi School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1956;162(1):19-22. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970180021006

• The need for highly competent personnel in the field of general or family practice will continue for some time. Changes in the medical school curriculum and improvements in internships must be supplemented by general practice residencies. In developing such residencies, the cooperation of the major specialty departments must be enlisted, but the advisability of accepting general practitioners as key men in the planning and supervision of these programs should be considered. The programs should be properly balanced. In institutions where residencies exist both for general practice and for specialities, the two types should be given equal standing and responsibilities. There must be no suggestion of inferior or second-rate training for the general practitioner, and competent family physicians must be permitted to make use of their training without the arbitrary restrictions too often placed on their activities.