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June 3, 1961

II. Debates

JAMA. 1961;176(9):759-768. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040220007002

Resolved, That for Graduates of United States Schools the Internship Has Outlived Its Educational Values and Should Be Discontinued  Leland S. McKittrick, M.D., Brookline, Mass., Moderator

PROPONENT OF THE RESOLUTION  Ralph E. Snyder, M.D.The internship is an archaic, outdated, educationally prostituted program perpetuated, more often than not, as a prolonged period of indentured service to hospitals. The internship, as it was originally devised early in the century, was designed to complement the existing medical college curricula, to provide a period of hospital experience during which the medical college graduate could put into practice the theory learned as a student in medical college. During the formative years of medical education in the United States, the role of the internship was very important. So important, in fact, that the logical development of residency training programs for specialization

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