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To the Editor:
—Much discussion at present is centered on the requirement of a fifth year for medical students, the year to be a postgraduate year in hospital work. From all indications this plan will soon be adopted generally, and hospitals should be prepared for it.Aside from the question of a fifth or postgraduate year, the question of intern instruction is important. The intern is using one, two or three years of the best part of his life, after having spent his allotted time in school, trying to prepare himself better to serve the public, and during this period of hospital work he is able to grasp whatever is given him because his time can be so arranged that he can attend a course of instruction. His mind is still receptive; he has not the care of a practice on his hands, and it is the duty of the
Gruber TK. Postgraduate Course for Resident Staff at Harper Hospital. JAMA. 1916;LXVII(17):1245-1246. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590170053024