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September 2, 1961

The Director of Medical Education in the Teaching HospitalGuide to Functions and Status

Association of Hospital Directors of Medical Education
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The members of the Guide Committee of the Association of Hospital Directors of Medical Education are: Drs. Alex Burgess, Henry S. M. Uhl, John Leonard, William Lahey, Walter Bloom, John Stapleton, George Reifenstein, and John J. Butler.

JAMA. 1961;177(9):614-619. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.73040350005006

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THIS OUTLINE has been prepared for the guidance of hospitals contemplating the appointment of a director of medical education and for physicians who are considering such an appointment. As conditions vary from hospital to hospital, the position is described in terms sufficiently general to be applicable to most teaching hospitals.

The education of physicians has long been a function of hospitals as well as of medical schools. Recent growth of the hospital's role in this process has been so extensive that many physicians now study as long in hospitals to qualify for medical practice as they did in medical school to qualify for an M.D. degree. This change has come about because of the greatly augmented knowledge and skill which doctors must acquire.

The increased scope and duration of hospital training programs has necessitated better organization of graduate education. Moreover, competition for interns and residents has placed an increasing

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