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August 21, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(8):592-593. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680080058015

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Much discussion is being given nowadays to the benefits of preceptorships for students with practicing physicians. Until about thirty-five years ago, students entering some of the medical schools were required to have served at least one year under a preceptor. With the adoption by medical schools of four annual courses of instruction, the requirement of a preceptorship was discontinued. In his preceptorship, the student went with the physician to the homes of patients, watched him make examinations, and assisted in the treatment, preparing splints or other crude apparatus used in the correction of injuries, or concocting medicines for the patients' use. The student also listened to the physician's conversations with the patients and noted the effect on the patient's mental attitude.

When the fourth year of instruction was added, it seemed doubtful whether, in most medical schools, an equivalent of this practical experience was actually provided. Few medical schools then

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