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July 23, 1960

EFFECT OF HOUSE STAFF TRAINING PROGRAMS ON PATIENT CARE

JAMA. 1960;173(12):1316-1319. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020300028010
Abstract

The effect of house staff training programs on patient care has received relatively little formal attention. The few observations which have been recorded lack acceptable controls. It would be desirable, for example, to use as a standard the level of patient care in a hospital which has no house staff. I have never worked in such a hospital, and in the present circumstances I find this a handicap. My assignment is further complicated by the almost endless number of variables that have to be taken into account. Interns and residents, even those with the highest intellectual attainments, do not possess characters cast in a common mold. Regardless of the training program and technical skills, the house officer's perceptiveness and the impact of his personality on that of the sick person are likely to determine whether he will have a favorable or unfavorable effect on the care of the patient.

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