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March 25, 1944


JAMA. 1944;124(13):924-925. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850130110012

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Under the 9-9-9 program of the Procurement and Assignment Service to meet military needs, the hospital internship has been reduced to nine months. Although changes in organization of training programs have naturally occurred, the internship continues to provide basic preparation for general practice, specialization, military medicine or other medical activities.

Every effort is being made to maintain a high level of educational performance. The reduction in length of internship, therefore, imposes a greater responsibility on hospitals to insure that the limited period of training will be productive of maximum educational value. First, the internship must continue to be viewed primarily as an educational function and not mainly as a personnel problem in relation to institutional service: With the present shortage of personnel of all kinds, hospitals and medical staffs must guard carefully against any tendency to exploit interns in noneducational duties. Economy in the use of house officers is of

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