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September 21, 1970

Experience With Foreign Student Educational Externship in the United States

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Radiology, Northwestern University Medical School and Cook County Graduate School of Medicine, Chicago. Dr. Lutterbeck is president of the German Medical Society of Chicago, Educational Foundation.

JAMA. 1970;213(12):2063-2065. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170380037009

In 1962, the German Medical Society of Chicago, an association of German-speaking physicians which was founded in 1897,1 started a program to place qualified Austrian, German, and Swiss junior and senior medical students to serve educational externships in the United States.2 We began with one student from Germany in 1962. The program expanded from year to year, and in 1968, 155 medical students from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland spent two to three months as externs in those hospitals which had the approval of the American Medical Association to train interns, residents, or both.

Our Educational Foundation conducted a survey to evaluate the program. Eighty-two percent (57 out of 65) of the Directors of Medical Education of the participating hospitals replied (Table 1), and 45% (70) of the 155 students (Table 2).

Evaluation of the Program 

Hospitals.—  During 1968, 65 hospitals in 46 cities and 26 states participated in