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Symposium on Medical Education-NO 4
July 27, 1964

The Community Hospital InternshipAssets and Liabilities

JAMA. 1964;189(4):290-293. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070040040009

THE TRAINING of the intern is a serious responsibility. It must be considered axiomatic that only the hospital which is able to provide training of high quality should participate in such training. If, as is being suggested, the community hospital can hope to do no better in the future than to provide second-rate training, it should forfeit its present role in the education of the intern.

It is the thesis of this report that the community hospital brings to bear on the problem of internship training some important assets and that, therefore, it would be an unfortunate development for medical care in this country and for the doctors of the future if the community hospital should relinquish its role in graduate medical education.

For the purpose of this report, community hospital, unaffiliated hospital, nonuniversity hospital, and urban hospital are considered synonymous terms. Under discussion is the voluntary nonprofit hospital without

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