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January 14, 1950

Current Comment

JAMA. 1950;142(2):113. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910200041013

ASSOCIATION OF INTERNS AND MEDICAL STUDENTS  The delegates of the Association of Interns and Medical Students at their recent annual convention in Chicago are reported to have supported a prepaid national government-sponsored health program as the "best method that has been proposed for providing adequate medical care for the largest number of people in the country and adequate remuneration for services of the doctor." The delegates of this organization, which has been accused of Communistic affiliations, also are reported to have favored federal aid to medical education, improved working conditions for interns with vacations, time off, monthly salaries of $100 and no discrimination. They appear to believe that assistant resident physicians should receive $150 and resident physicians $200 per month, with provisions for accident insurance and special compensation for ambulance work, which they apparently regard as sufficiently hazardous to justify special financial recognition. The delegates voted to end their affiliation