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September 22, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(4):413. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970210153013

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Increasingly in recent years, attention and thought have been given to full training requirements by physicians who develop and direct residency programs in hospitals and by the examining boards in the medical specialties, colleges, and the Council, which participate in residency approvals (The Journal, September 24, 1955, page 378). Thought has been centered on how a resident upon entering a training period of several years' duration can be assured of continuity in supervision and increasing, graded responsibility. As a result of these considerations, residency review committees in several specialties have adopted policies intended to encourage educational continuity.

The same principle is applicable in all of these policies; namely, that hospitals, to qualify for continued approval, are required to provide "full training" in the specialty, either independently or in collaboration with other hospitals through integration of their programs. Approval for residency training in anesthesiology, general surgery, otolaryngology, and plastic surgery, as

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