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March 8, 1947


JAMA. 1947;133(10):697-698. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880100041012

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Apparently misunderstanding has developed regarding the nature of instruction in basic science that ought to be part of the training of a hospital resident who wishes to qualify for practice of one of the specialties in medicine. Such a physician should, of course, know the application of the basic medical sciences employed in the specialty of his interest.

Apparently many hospitals and their staffs have concluded that such training is possible only if the hospital is affiliated with a medical school; the school is requested to present organized course work and supervised laboratory exercises for the residents of the hospital. Elsewhere in this issue is a statement by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association defining its concept of applied basic science instruction in hospital residencies. Applied basic science instruction does not necessitate formal courses but should be distinctly of an applied nature, integrated with

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