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September 13, 1952


JAMA. 1952;150(2):140. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680020074011

The clinical clerkship built around bedside teaching on the public wards of large general hospitals has formed the basic pattern for clinical instruction in American medical schools since its introduction by Osler at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. There is little question that much of the improvement in medical education in this country in the last 50 years can be traced to the progressive adoption of this method of instruction by all medical schools. The current and recent reports of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals indicate that many schools are seeking to broaden the student's experience in clinical medicine by supplementing the classical clinical clerkship with other assignments.

Until recently, provisions for teaching in dispensaries and outpatient departments have in most schools been conspicuously inferior to the programs developed for inpatient clerkships. With increasing recognition of the importance of acquainting the student with the problems of