The Workshop Conference group on Specialism in Medicine concerned with the residency program started with a kind of explosive force. The intense interest in the subject stemmed from the fact that the number of residency positions available rose from 7,666 in 1945 to 27,835 in 19561 and that four new American specialty boards were created in the same period of time.
To summarize the "talk" which occurred would consume much space, and to identify the emotions which darted about would require uncommon qualities in a scribe. In the first place, the panel was composed of experts; all members, as in local Parent-Teacher Associations, had been through the mill and knew all about it. The true experts (the young residents) spoke with a voice of good sense but, unfortunately, had not experienced the "good old days" and were thus automatically disqualified. It was agreed, however, that residents are under-paid, and
Adams W, Wolf GA. WORKSHOP CONFERENCE ON SPECIALISM IN MEDICINE: 1. RESIDENCY PROGRAM. JAMA. 1959;170(3):313–314. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010030057015
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