KNIGHT STEEL, M.D.
The medical chief residency in university hospitals is examined. A survey of 52 chief residents was undertaken in June 1971; information was gathered about each physician's prior training, his activities, his future plans, as well as his judgments about his experience. Many aspects of the year are scrutinized to determine their worth. As the traditional image of the chief resident as both an omniscient and omnipotent physician fades, a number of changes in the traditional training program seem necessary. The chief resident might well use the year to gain proficiency as a primary care physician working with a health team. He might combine some of his medical skills with a study of education in order to further his ability as a teacher of medicine and also to produce scholarly work in this area. Innovations with this year can be adapted for each hospital, with consideration of its special needs and opportunities.
STEEL K. The Medical Chief Residency in University Hospitals. Ann Intern Med. 1972;76:541–544. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-4-541
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(4):541-544.
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