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October 5, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(5):604. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980230174014

At the 51st Annual Congress on Medical Education and Licensure held in February, 1955, a symposium was devoted to considering the role of the internship in modern medical education.1 It was noted that the responsibilities and duties of the intern have been increasingly delegated to student clerks on one hand and to residents on the other. There was agreement that the internship can only be defended in terms of educational value to the intern and not on the basis of service benefit to the hospital and its staff.

No unanimous conclusions were reached, but the symposium did clearly bring forth the ambiguous position of the internship as a result of the continuing development of the undergraduate clinical clerkships and graduate residency training programs. Though no final answers were provided, the longrange value of the internship as presently structured was seriously questioned.

After a period of thoughtful study, the faculty of