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June 24, 1961


JAMA. 1961;176(12):1032-1033. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040250058018

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Elsewhere in this issue appear articles relating to that much-discussed program in our graduate phase of education, the internship. They make exceedingly interesting reading for all physicians.

Characterization of those articles might be made by calling attention to the 2 predominating aspects they discuss: the double "E," education and economics. These 2 aspects of the internship are intertwined, but not inextricably so, as the contributors point out frequently and forcefully. It is refreshing to see them separated, for it provides an opportunity for us to reevaluate our thinking and to plan adequately for graduate education in the future.

With continuing progress in the basic and clinical sciences of medicine, it has become increasingly clear that the years of a physician's formal education after medical school are not a luxury to be savored by a relative few but a necessity to be experienced by all who would practice medicine. In order

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