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May 10, 1958


Author Affiliations

Providence, R. I.; Hartford, Conn.

Director of Medical Education, Newport Hospital, Newport, Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket, and Miriam Hospital, Providence, R. I. (Dr. Burgess), and Director of Medical Education, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Conn. (Dr. Leonard).

JAMA. 1958;167(2):206-210. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990190060013

The term "community hospital" has been used in most instances to indicate a hospital which serves a given center of population. The great majority of such hospitals are in small or medium-sized communities in which no medical school is located. For this reason, the word "community" has often been used instead of "non-university—affiliated" or "nonteaching" in describing the work of such a hospital, since it is much more convenient than "non-university—affiliated" and, to most of the staff of a large proportion of such hospitals, occupied as they are in the education of interns and residents, the term "nonteaching" is somewhat offensive. For these reasons, the words "community hospital" will be employed in this communication to mean a hospital which does not receive medical undergraduates for regular clinical instruction nor have any direct ties with medical schools, Many of them, of course, are privileged to have physicians from the faculties of