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June 22, 1970

Full-Time Practice in the Community Hospital

Author Affiliations

From the Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington, NJ.

JAMA. 1970;212(12):2106-2107. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170250062013

During the last 30 years, we have noted a change in the faculty of most medical schools, from predominately part-time teachers of clinical medicine to predominately full-time physicians, many interested in basic research. During the past 15 years, we have noted a somewhat similar but slower change in the staffing pattern of many community hospitals, particularly those larger institutions in urban areas. Often the change is initiated by the addition of a full-time salaried director of medical education and followed by full-time directors of key services who are responsible for the quality of care.

I would like to describe and briefly discuss the advantages of medical teaching programs in the milieu of the community hospital with a full-time staff.

The Hunterdon Medical Center, located in Flemington, NJ, serves a county of 440 square miles with a population of approximately 75,000 persons. It is the only general medical facility in the