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March 28, 1931


Author Affiliations

Surgeon-in-Chief, George F. Geisinger Memorial Hospital DANVILLE, PA.

JAMA. 1931;96(13):1004-1007. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720390014006

The present medical school enrolment in the United States (1930) is the largest in twenty years, totaling 21,597 students. There are eighty-seven approved medical colleges in the United States, Philippine Islands and Canada, eleven requiring that students shall have completed a fifth year as intern in an approved hospital before the degree of Doctor of Medicine will be granted, while sixteen states, including the Territory of Alaska and the District of Columbia, require an intern year before the license may be applied for. In 1930, 4,561 students graduated in medicine, 119 more than in 1929.

There are at present in this country 648 hospitals approved for intern training, with a total of 193,557 beds furnishing service for 5,496 interns. These internships, which become available and are filled each July, have all been carefully surveyed by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association. Many of the