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October 29, 1938

THE STUDENT SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Devoted to the Educational Interests and Welfare of Medical Students, Interns and Residents in Hospitals

JAMA. 1938;111(18):1707-1718. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790440101047

Intern Training: Its Organization  K. WINFIELD NEY, M.D. AND DONALD E. BRACE, M.D. NEW YORKA certain amount of intern training has been the accepted procedure in most hospitals as a recompense, largely, for intern service. The intern usually has accepted such instruction and experience as have happened to come his way. Seldom has intern instruction had coordinated supervision or even organization. Recently, medical educators have become conscious of certain deficiencies in undergraduate instruction and have felt the necessity of rounding out didactic instruction by practical clinical training, in the endeavor to endow the prospective physician with some practical application of the theoretical achievements of medical school. Mastery of any practical science like medicine is evidenced largely in the ability to conduct skilfully those various technics and procedures which make it applicable, and the degree of this mastery only too often determines the difference between success and failure in practice.