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Article
February 23, 1970

What Price Interns?

JAMA. 1970;211(8):1369. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170080057015
Abstract

Not long ago the hospital that offered what was then regarded as a high salary for interns was usually a hospital which could not otherwise attract them. What used to be high, however, is so no longer; for recently, even in the best teaching hospitals, interns' salaries, far from merely spiraling, have jetted upward at an accelerating rate, leaving a vapor trail of administrative constarnation. In the academic year 1958-1959, the mean annual stipend for interns in affiliated hospitals was $1,860 and in nonaffiliated hospitals $2,376.1 Ten years later (1968-1969) the figures were $6,011 and $6,851, respectively.2 In the latter period 92 affiliated and nonaffiliated hospitals paid interns between $9,000 and $10,000 per year. At one university hospital compensation rose from $5,500 in 1968 to $9,500 as of Jan 1, 1970—a total increment in cost to the hospital of a quarter of a million dollars.

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