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Internship and residency years are much like a novitiate—something to survive before one enters the real world of medical practice. But do we fully appreciate the lessons that are being learned in this period? And do we recognize the impact on patient care?
The author, now an associate professor of social work at Hunter College, offers some answers to those questions from her participant observation in a department of internal medicine of a large southern university medical center. She examined the socialization of graduate internists by studying the interaction between "mentors and neophytes," the collegial processes among the house staff,
Getting Rid of Patients: Contradictions in the Socialization of Physicians.. Ann Intern Med. ;106:337. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-2-337_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(2):337.
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