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September 22, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(4):412. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970210152012

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During the course of the past year, the Student American Medical Association conducted a survey of interns with respect to the question: "Is the Intern Year Worthwhile—or Should It Be Abolished?" An analysis of a 41% return on an internship evaluation questionnaire sent to 1,450 interns representing a geographical cross section of the United States was presented at the annual meeting of the Student American Medical Association held in Chicago last May. Eighty-five per cent of the respondents were in rotating internships, 8% in straight, and 4% in mixed. This distribution according to type of internship correlates fairly well with the 89% rotating, 10% straight, and 1% mixed service representing the total of 11,616 approved internships offered last year. While the interpretation of a sampling of any group on matters of interest and concern to the group must be made with care and in its proper perspective, this particular questionnaire

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