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January 21, 1974

Teaching Rounds: Third-Party Rounds

JAMA. 1974;227(3):317. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230160045011

At the 1973 Annual Convention, the Nebraska delegation presented a resolution (No. 14) calling for "a thorough study of third-party rounds" with a report on the subject to be delivered at the 1973 Clinical Convention. ("Rounds" was intended to mean the visiting of patients by physicians.) Reference committee hearings on the subject were extensive and complex. Terms such as third-party rounds, business rounds, teaching rounds, and working rounds were bandied about, adding confusion to complexity. In any event, the reference committee requested "further study of this important subject by appropriate AMA councils or committees."

So it was that at the 1973 Clinical Convention, the Council on Medical Education, and the Council on Medical Service jointly reported that "third-party rounds" is a term subject to interpretive confusion but seemingly meant to refer to teaching rounds conducted by physicians who are not actively involved in management of patients' care. The councils deemed