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February 7, 1972

House Staff Stipends

JAMA. 1972;219(6):746. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190320050017

A report of the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals, summarized as a "Datagram" in the Journal of Medical Education (46:1094-1097, 1971), discloses the trend in house officer stipends and perquisites during the last several years (Figure). In one respect, the diagram is a simplification of the data for residents' stipends and represents an average of salaries for five residency years. The range in 1971-1972 was from $9,892 for a first-year resident to $12,-198 for a fifth-year resident.

Altogether, the change in stipends from 1968 to 1971 amounted to a 48% increase. As the "Datagram" notes, if the dollar amounts were extrapolated to the 50,000 interns and residents currently on duty, there would be an aggregate payroll expense exceeding $500 million. And these sums do not take into account the cost of numerous fringe benefits. The one most generously supplied was some form of health insurance (92% of hospitals), and