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The question has recently been raised by attending staff members of a private hospital as to whether they have any legal responsibility for the actions of residents in caring for service patients who are not the private patients of specific private physicians. Every hospital staff should question the hospital legal advisor since there may be differences in the law throughout the nation, depending upon whether or not the residents concerned are fully licensed to practice in a particular state.
From the point of view of those responsible for the standards of graduate medical education in the United States, both service as well as private patients are cared for by interns and residents only through the conduct of a properly organized and supervised training program. As stated in "Essentials of Approved Residencies": "The educational effectiveness of a residency depends largely on the quality of its supervision and organization. The responsibility for
RESPONSIBILITY OF HOSPITAL STAFF TO HOUSE OFFICERS AND SERVICE PATIENTS. JAMA. 1962;182(7):812. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050460104015
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