The idea of arranging internship appointments by matching of preferences of students with the preferences of hospitals on a national basis is not a new one. Limited matching plans have worked successfully in Canada and also in local areas in this country for some years now. The present plan is merely one of a number of possible ways of achieving the advantages of central matching. It was presented in some detail in the November 1950 issue of the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges as "A Proposal for Supplementing the Cooperative Plan for Appointment of Interns." A National Inter-Association Committee on Internships has been organized under the sponsorship of the Committee on Internships and Residencies of the Association of American Medical Colleges. It is composed of representatives from the American Catholic Hospital Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the American Protestant Hospital Association and the
Mullin FJ. INTERNSHIP APPOINTMENTS: MATCHING OF PREFERENCES OF STUDENTS AND HOSPITALS. JAMA. 1951;145(17):1339–1341. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920350033007
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