Medicine: No More Interns?

Why should every U.S. medical-school graduate spend one or two years as an intern in a hospital before entering private practice? Answering his own question last week, Dr. William Lee Hart, dean of the University of Texas' Southwestern Medical School, suggested that it was time to do away with the whole "outmoded" internship system. Instead, said Dr. Hart, a fledgling doctor fresh out of school should put in a year's practical training as assistant to a small-town doctor.

Because most medical schools are now closely linked with hospitals, Dr. Hart argued, the young doctor no longer needs further practical experience on hospital...

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