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May 5, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(1):24-27. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970010026007

• Good residency training can be carried on in good community hospitals. These must be wellorganized and well-equipped, must have good departments of pathology and radiology, and in general must provide an adequate background for a real educational experience; but the success of the training program will depend on the efforts of the active staff.

Smaller hospitals may occasionally be able to establish satisfactory residencies in single specialties such as anesthesiology or general practice. Larger hospitals sometimes appoint a full-time director of medical education to organize and supervise intern and resident training.

The first duty of a physician in private practice is to his patients, but he can still do a creditable job in clinical teaching and so improve the caliber of his own work. A creditable residency program can be carried on in a well-conducted community hospital if, and only if, it has the full support and participation of the active staff.