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September 2, 1961


JAMA. 1961;177(9):640. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040350050009

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Few hospitals have ever discontinued intern or resident training programs because of their "cost." On the other hand, unknown numbers of young graduate physicians have entered private practice or sought other types of professional employment earlier than they would have desired had they been able to afford longer periods of graduate training in their chosen fields. The Annual Report on Graduate Medical Education in this issue reveals the concern of the medical profession with this state of affairs, particularly as it affects recruitment of the qualified student to medicine.

The policy of the American Medical Association, as reflected by the action of the House of Delegates at the June, 1961, annual meeting, charges the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, as well as the Council on Medical Service with responsibility for developing solutions to this problem. The many requests received by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals for information

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