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June 23, 1956

THE RESIDENT CLINICAL CLERKSHIP—AN EXPERIMENT IN MEDICAL EDUCATION

JAMA. 1956;161(8):707-710. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970080037012
Abstract

• The resident clinical clerkship or student-internship is a new plan for the education of the fourth-year medical student. It embraces a 12-month schedule divided into three four-month periods. One period is devoted to medicine and medical specialties, one to surgery and the surgical specialties, and one to obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics. Each student is provided with room, board, uniforms, and laundry for the entire year at no charge to the student.

The essential control and supervision are the responsibility of a full-time member of the faculty, an assistant to the dean, appointed as over-all coordinator of the program. He works with departmental coordinators and full-time faculty members appointed by the heads of the respective departments.

The "case method" of teaching is used almost exclusively; there is a schedule of conferences, seminars, and clinical demonstrations. Each student is required to present cases. He early acquires habits of self-education, of critical evaluation, and diagnostic and therapeutic accuracy and develops a genuine understanding of patients as human beings.

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