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1. an allied health professional undertaking a learning experience supervised by a more experienced clinician.
2. a medical or dental graduate serving and residing in a hospital preparatory to being licensed to practice medicine or dentistry.
3. in some states, a physical therapy student enrolled in an educational program in a college or university whose school has a contractual agreement for clinical education with a physical therapy program in a hospital or clinic. In other states, a physical therapist who has completed the required academic coursework but is supervised by a licensed, practicing physical therapist.
4. a graduate professional nurse who is enrolled in a nursing internship program. Nursing internships are transitional programs for new graduates; they last longer (usually three months to a year) and are more comprehensive than traditional hospital orientation programs for new staff nurses. The goals of nursing internship are to ease the transition from the student role to the staff nurse role, and to guide new nurses in developing basic and specialized nursing skills.

The nurse intern works under the direction of a preceptor who serves as a role model as well as a support person and guide in clinical practice. The internship includes working a designated number of hours in the clinical setting and attending classes and seminars. Benefits to the facility offering an internship program include easier recruitment and retention of nurses and increased effectiveness of nursing care.


An advanced student or recent graduate undertaking further education (usually the first postgraduate year) by assisting in the medical or surgical care of hospital patients, with supervision and instruction; formerly, one who resided within the institution.
Synonym(s): interne
[F. interne, inside]


/in·tern/ (in´tern) a medical graduate serving in a hospital preparatory to being licensed to practice medicine.




a. A student or a recent graduate undergoing supervised practical training.
b. A physician who has recently graduated from medical school and is learning medical practice in a hospital under supervision, prior to beginning a residency program.
2. One who is interned; an internee.
v. in·terned, in·terning, in·terns
To train or serve as an intern. (also ĭn-tûrn′)
To confine, especially in wartime.

in′tern·ship′ n.


Etymology: L, internus, inward
1 n, a physician in the first postgraduate year who is learning medical practice under supervision before beginning a residency program.
2 n, any immediate postgraduate trainee in a clinical program.
3 v, to work as an intern. Also spelled interne.
A term of art equivalent to 'apprentice', used in North America for a graduate of a medical, osteopathic or dental school serving a first year ‘internship’ of graduate clinical training in a teaching hospital


Graduate education A term of art equivalent to 'apprentice', used in North America for a graduate of a medical, osteopathic or dental school serving a first yr–'internship' of graduate clinical training, in a teaching hospital. See GME. Cf CME, Extern, Fellow, Internist.


An advanced student or recent graduate undertaking further education by assisting in the medical or surgical care of hospital patients, with supervision and instruction; formerly, one who resided within the institution.
[F. interne, inside]


(USA) a recent medical graduate undergoing practical training under supervision.


n a dental or medical college graduate serving and residing for 12 months in a hospital, usually during the first year after receiving a D.D.S., D.M.D., D.O., or M.D. degree.


a recent veterinary graduate serving and often residing in a hospital, with the objective of getting concentrated, supervised, postgraduate, in-service training in a particular field of veterinary science. Completion of a two-year program and assignments is usually rewarded with a certificate of performance or a diploma.

Patient discussion about intern

Q. I have a constant pain in the inside part of my arm. What can it be? In the last few weeks I have noticed that I have a right arm pain. The strange thing is that the pain is in a specific point in the inside part of the arm, very near to the elbow. I thnk the pain started for the first time during a baseball game but I am not sure. I work in a factory and as I sad before I use my right arm for baseball, and this pain hinders me. What can it be?

A. I myself play a lot as a pitcher, and i have the same pain. It is more painful when the forearm is flexed towards the body.
I went to my GP about it because it drove me nuts, and he said that I need to take anti-inflammatory drugs, and if it will not work he will inject me something.
he prescribed me a great medication and I didn't need the injection.

Q. l have a pain in the head,l can feel sometime inside.

A. sounds like you have a brain,lol, go see a doctor

Q. Blood in stools before and after polyp removel, Avms of the deodenel loop, inside hems, and 3cin tubuo adenoma Hi, On Nov of 06 I had a colonoscopy done and they didnt find any thing that could be mking me bleed and go to the rest room often. Then in Nov of 07 did a EDg and found I have AVMs of the deodenel loop.She Burned them and I didnt have any more bleeding till June of thei yr.On 6/6/08 i had another EDg done she burned more AVMs and on Mon I started bleeding again. This time she did a colonoscopy and found I had inside hems and a 3cin tubuolvillous adenoma inflamed.She cut, burned, and took it out in peices.She saye she will go back in Nov of this yr and look again. Two weeks after I had this done I had started to bleed again and had bad such bad pain in my hip I had to hold on to walk. that same day i started to bleed again. I bled out big clots and a bowl full of blood! A few days later the pain went away but was still bleeding ever time I had bowl movement!I can bleed up to 4 days at a times sometimes. I have been taking HC supp. and it seems to have stoped the bleeding and pain!

A. It is normal that after a polyp removal you will continue bleeding some more. However, if you feel like there is a lot of bleeding, and/or you are not feeling well, you should see a doctor as soon as possible to stop the bleeding or look for the source of bleeding.

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Both the Child and Youth Statute and international legislations issued in the democratic state recommend that internment should be the last resource and for the shortest possible time and that priority should be granted to community-based programs in order to prevent juvenile delinquency (Volpi, Saraiva, & Koerner Junior, 2008).
He was sent to the Central Internment Camp in Ahmednagar, situated on a plateau about 610 metres above sea level in the Ahmednagar Cantonment Area, where a British garrison was permanently stationed throughout the year.
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President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed the courage of Gordon Hirabayashi for defying the internment order for Japanese Americans during World War II as he posthumously awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian award.
In Japanese Americans and Worm War II, Donald Hata and the late Nadine Hata provide a broad overview of the Japanese-American experience in the internment camps.
However, as this richly illustrated biography shows, he was a far more cosmopolitan character with roots deep in the Austro-Hungarian Empire--indeed, his origins brought about a period of internment between 1917 and 1918 despite his having become a British subject, all because he had helped his family and then an Hungarian who had escaped from his internment camp.