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May 5, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(1):27-29. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970010029008

• Constant efforts must be made to integrate the basic medical sciences with clinical teaching. They should begin in medical school but should continue, under the leadership of the clinical teachers, during internship and residency years.

Two procedures that aid this integration are here described: the teaching round and the therapeutic pathology conference.

The teaching rounds are held twice a week and attended only by residents, interns, and the clinician. They are devoted to the exploration of the basic biological and clinical aspects of the conditions of selected patients.

The therapeutic pathology conferences are held weekly and attended by the residents, the pathologists, and representatives of the departments of medicine and radiology. They are devoted to a scrutiny of the results of diagnostic and therapeutic efforts in the light of the findings of the pathologist and the radiologist.

If there is a free interchange of ideas, opinions, and facts, these sessions bring out the basic science aspects of medicine and help to produce well-motivated, well-rounded physicians.