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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 6, 2006


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2006;296(9):1172. doi:10.1001/jama.296.9.1172

Suggestions as to available locations for physicians can scarcely be out of place at any time, but we are inclined to believe that, owing to hospital appointments, post-graduate vacations and discouragement after ineffectual attempts to secure a foothold in crowded centers, during the “healthiest” season of the year, a very large proportion of the members of spring graduating classes are seeking locations late in the summer and early in the fall.

In England, there is an ethical and economic rule, not, of course, strictly enforced, that the young physician shall seek an actual vacancy, left by the death or retirement of a practitioner. In this country, no such principle is recognized and competition, provided that it is fair and honorable, is allowable. With considerable justice, the young graduate is often advised to select the most desirable location that he can possibly command, even at some risk of failure, to make his charges equal to those of the most firmly established practitioners of the neighborhood, to hang out his sign in the same row with the most successful older men and, in general, to aim high.