January 24, 1972

Volunteer Physicians for Vietnam

JAMA. 1972;219(4):507. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190300043013

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The Volunteer Physicians for Viet Nam program, which is administered by the AMA and financed by the State Department's Agency for International Development, is discussed on page 495 of this issue of The Journal. Gabriel Smilkstein, MD, in his review of six years' operation of the program, describes what progress has been made and assesses the impact of this major AID effort to meet civilian health and casualty needs in Vietnam.

To date, the AMA can report that more than 700 American civilian physicians have served nearly 900 tours in Vietnam since the VPVN program started in 1965. Volunteers have served more than 400 tours in general practice, internal medicine, or pediatrics; 300 in surgery; and the remaining 100 have represented the other specialties— in all, approximately 140 man-years of service have been provided. On the basis of review of each physician's endof-tour report and personal interviews with Vietnamese physicians,