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July 1970

Some Notes on the Internship

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(1):164-165. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310070166015

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There is probably no greater career transition in all of the professions than the Olympian leap from senior medical student to intern. It is as if there had been the drinking of some magic potion, or a Clark Kent-like transformation, for quite abruptly the young physician-in-the making becomes an established, full-fledged working physician with all the rights, privileges, and awesome responsibilities thereof. We have often pondered what it is that explains this extraordinary difference between student and intern. So important and nuclear is this difference that many educators have suggested the internship should be introduced into the curriculum much earlier and thereby have the student savor the essence of medical training so much the sooner. And many others have cautioned that often there is a premature assumption of responsibility that is really not in the best interest of the young physician's development nor in the best interest of the care

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