Exit Ramps for Career Choices

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Abstract

To the editor: In 1978 many articles in the medical literature were concerned with medical manpower and the concordant questions about residency training programs (1–4), the kind of specialists we should train (2, 3), and our national health care needs (2–5). The issues within this hotly debated area do not seem particularly clear, because the problems have often been addressed politically rather than scientifically (5).

Interestingly the recent professional concern about medical manpower has been paralleled by a trend to abbreviate the medical training period by phasing out the rotating internship and the compulsory medical experience gained in military service.

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