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April 27, 1957

GRADUATE EDUCATION FOR GENERAL PRACTICE FROM VIEW OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY

JAMA. 1957;163(17):1598-1600. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970520032010
Abstract

• A universally acceptable definition of general practice is prerequisite for discussions of graduate education in general practice, as distinguished from the specialties. It is sometimes thought of as a new specialty in itself. When the general practitioner takes obstetric cases he finds that any one of them may be precipitated into a major emergency. If only four to six months are available for this aspect of a residency, emphasis should be placed on the basic education necessary for the management of the large majority of obstetric and gynecologic patients. A minimal preparation of two years, however, offers increased protection to the physician as well as to the patient. The content of such a program, its integration with existing education facilities, and its adaptation to the needs and previous experience of the resident raise many questions, and there are many variables to be considered in the answers.

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