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September 26, 1953


JAMA. 1953;153(4):431-432. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940210173012

The perennial problem of the shortage of interns is again brought sharply into focus in the Annual Report on Internships and Residencies, which points out that for the second successive year about 3,000 internships throughout the United States were vacant. The dilemma presented by the wide disparity between the number of applicants and the number of intern appointments available has been the subject of much discussion and serious study for the past several years. It may be pertinent, therefore, to raise the question as to why a satisfactory solution to the problem has not been found.

There are, quite obviously, only two ways by which the present situation can be resolved, or at least ameliorated. The first involves an increase in the number of available interns, either through an expansion of present enrollments in medical schools in this country or through the appointment of larger numbers of graduates of foreign