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September 25, 1954


JAMA. 1954;156(4):432. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950040138013

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In the 1950 Internship and Residency Number of The Journal, an editorial appeared describing two categories of surgical residencies approved by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, those qualifying a candidate for examination by the American Board of Surgery and another group providing training in preparation for residencies in the surgical specialties. Evidently there is still some misunderstanding as to the status of these two types of residencies, particularly the latter. In July, 1950, the American Board of Surgery announced that it would no longer accept training of less than three years' duration unless it was affiliated with or an integral part of a fully approved program. After the adoption of this policy by the board, all residency programs in the country were reevaluated and approved as meeting this requirement or, in the case of 149 hospitals, as approved by the Council as offering suitable training in general surgery

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