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June 24, 1961

VII. Impact of Training Programs on the Young Physician's Attitudes and Experiences

Author Affiliations

New York City

From the Bureau of Applied Social Research, Columbia University.

JAMA. 1961;176(12):992-997. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040250018007

For nearly 9 years, the Bureau of Applied Social Research has been conducting studies in the sociology of medical education. At the beginning, this research was focused on the students in 3 medical schools. We traced the changes in attitudes and orientations which these students underwent as their training progressed, and tried to relate such changes to typical experiences in medical school.1

The initial decision to concentrate on the 4 years of medical school was dictated by the desire to keep our study within manageable bounds. But we were well aware from the very outset that medical education does not end abruptly with graduation from medical school. After a considerable body of information about medical students had been assembled, we then felt free to turn our attention to the period of graduate medical education. This was done primarily in order to obtain a more complete picture of the process

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