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To the Editor:—
In the Aug. 25, 1956, issue of The Journal, I note that the House of Delegates passed a resolution to the effect that the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals be requested to discourage straight internships in all hospitals. At the Buffalo General Hospital, we have 18 rotating, 3 straight medical, and 3 straight surgical internships. Our staff has good reason to believe that the straight medical or straight surgical internships are superior for certain young graduates who have already had certain house staff experience. It is also our opinion that the type of internship should not be regimented or restricted, and, particularly, those hospitals whose primary objectives are the care of the patient, teaching, prevention of disease, and research should be left to do their own thinking. We in the field of hospital and medical care and medical education are keenly aware of and deeply grateful
Mooney FD. INTERNSHIPS. JAMA. 1956;162(11):1077. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970280057021
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