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May 5, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(1):33-36. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970010035010

• Between the category of the clinician, whose working hours are devoted entirely to the care of patients, and the category of the career investigator, whose concern centers not so much on human beings as on humanity, is the category of the clinicianinvestigator. He serves as a liaison between clinician and laboratory, avails himself of the methods from the fundamental sciences, and may profitably spend part of his residency time at laboratory research.

Those who shape programs of residency training need to consider carefully which of these categories is to be taken as the goal of graduate medical education. The ideal of the clinician-investigator challenges almost unbearably the total resources of the individual. A graduate student in a clinical field should observe some upper limit of time devoted to research, and time beyond six months spent in laboratory assignment should not be subtracted from a minimum of two and one-half years on clinical assignments.