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May 2, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(1):50. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690010056013

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The Selective Service System began, in March of this year, to issue calls for physicians classified in priority 3. In many instances registrants who are first year interns and the hospitals that employ them have failed to provide the local boards with sufficient positive evidence to validate requests for deferment. Therefore, many of these persons have been called up for active military service. Apparently it has been erroneously assumed that such physicians would be automatically deferred until the completion of their internships. This problem and the confusion that attends it results from the failure of interns and the hospitals that employ them to follow the procedure that has been established by selective service to handle deferments. It should be understood that, although it is the policy of the National Selective Service System to defer physicians until they have completed one year of internship, such deferment is not automatic.

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