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August 13, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(7):469-470. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500070029007

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It is generally conceded by the medical world that the education of the young physician is not completed when he leaves the medical school. Just what proportion of students in the United States take a year or more of hospital work after graduation is impossible to say. The Mosely Commission stated that, according to its information, 50 per cent, of all students took such a course. In our opinion this percentage is too high, but whatever the actual numbers, it is certain that most of us consider such hospital experience indispensable, and that ambitious students strive for it. The reason that the number of graduate students entering the hospitals is not larger is lack of opportunity—not lack of applicants. From one to two years of what might be called practical apprenticeship is the privilege sought by the earnest student. To gain this privilege he often undergoes special training for a

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