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April 22, 1939

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. 1939;112(16):1643-1654. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800160107044

The Legal Status of the Intern  FRED ELLSWORTH CLOW, M.D.Secretary of the New Hampshire State Board of Registration in Medicine WOLFEBORO, N. H.Read before the Thirty-Fifth Annual Congress on Medical Education and Licensure, Chicago, Feb. 14, 1939.In the last quarter century twenty-one states and Alaska have made the hospital service a requirement for licensure. Some medical schools withhold the degree until one year at least has been served. In 1938 the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals reported for the United States 7,354 internships in 729 approved hospitals and for Canada forty-eight approved hospitals. In addition, clinical clerkships in teaching hospitals, where men have varying types of duties, furnish an opportunity for the student to become familiar with the service in advance of formal appointment. A change has been noted in the place of the intern in the educational scheme. Whereas in the past the service in