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June 23, 1956

AN ADVISOR (PRECEPTOR) PROGRAM FOR INTERNS AT A GENERAL HOSPITAL

JAMA. 1956;161(8):713-717. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970080043014
Abstract

• A program was worked out whereby a staff member, designated as the monitor, assigned each of 16 interns to a staff advisor or preceptor. Each preceptor was expected to function as a mature, experienced advisor in personal contact with the neophyte in medicine, to discover dissatisfactions, and to submit reports on the progress of the intern and of the program.

After a year of operation, the program was enthusiastically endorsed by interns, preceptors, administrative officers, and monitor. Maladjustments were recognized and corrected early, and the interns fulfilled their assignments well, derived much benefit from their first year, and stimulated their teachers and preceptors to greater efforts.

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