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October 23, 1972

Physician Retraining: A Follow-up Report

JAMA. 1972;222(4):489-490. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210040057028

To the Editor.—  In June of 1966, under a contract with the Public Health Service, a pilot project to retrain inactive physicians was instituted at the Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. The project was completed in October 1968 after 19 physicians had been retrained. This is a follow-up report on those 19 physicians.The project, fully described in California Medicine1 was basically an individually tailored program designed to meet the students' needs from educational as well as career-oriented points of view. The initial group of eight was later followed by another group of 11. While the initial group did receive stipends, the latter group received only a token amount.As this project progressed, its potential for success was recognized and an attempt was made to define the available student body, as well as other possible centers. A study2 was undertaken by the AMA's Department of Survey Research.