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At the recent 55th Annual Congress on Medical Education and Licensure the residency program was the subject of a panel discussion, led by Dr. Wright Adams. One of the few points on which there was unanimous agreement was the difficulty in providing instruction at the graduate level in the basic sciences as they apply to the practice of the individual specialties. The important contributions of the basic medical sciences to advances in medicine through research have long been recognized. It is now becoming increasingly apparent that daily practice in the various specialties requires the application of specific physiological and other basic principles. This is recognized by the American specialty boards in their individual brochures, where the inclusion of instruction in the basic sciences as a part of residency training is stressed. The practical difficulty lies in finding available time and personnel to conduct this part of the total training program.
Koelle GB. THE BASIC MEDICAL SCIENCES AND THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM. JAMA. 1959;169(14):1656–1657. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000310108024
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