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March 7, 1966

The Superiority of the Rotating Program

JAMA. 1966;195(10):855-856. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100100107032

The Henry Ford Hospital has offered only rotating internships since its beginning 50 years ago. Because of the recent trend toward straight programs, the Intern Committee has reevaluated our program to be sure the interns were receiving the maximum benefits of the training available in this institution. The decision to continue offering only rotating internships was made on the basis of many factors which will be reviewed.

Determining Further Specialty Training  Because of our impression that a number of interns were unsure of their future training plans and that many who were decided on a specialty at the beginning of their internship changed later, a survey was made of the last four internship groups.Ninety-one of the 104 members of the intern classes of 1962 through 1965 were located and responded to the questionnaire. Sixty-three (69.2%) of the group had made a definite decision regarding their future training but eight

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