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December 1958

The Education of an Internist

Author Affiliations

Palo Alto, Calif.

Palo Alto Medical Clinic.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;102(6):922-927. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260230068009

The launching of space satellites by the Russians in the autumn months of 1957 has instigated one of the most widespread and most severely critical examinations of the American educational system in its history. Our own successes in the satellite field at a somewhat later date have done little to alter the activity of the critics who have aimed their darts not only at the elementary schools but even at the citadels of higher learning. No one has, to my knowledge, suggested that the Russians have topped us in the field of medical science, but a recent exchange of visitors between the two countries leads one to believe that they have elevated their previous level of medical activity very considerably. With the abovementioned activities fresh in mind, it seems appropriate for the Chairman of the Section on Medicine to review the educational process by which our internists are trained. One