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Association of Internes and Medical Students. Harvey Cushing Chapter Records

Call Number: Ms Coll 19

Scope and Contents

The Association of Internes and Medical Students (AIMS) was organized by local chapters. The Harvey Cushing Chapter, the Yale School of Medicine chapter, compiled or collected the documents in this collection. The chapter organized lecture series with talks by prominent health professionals and explored such issues as the distribution of medical care, blacks in medicine and medical care of minorities, universal health insurance, and health care in other countries. Documents include correspondence by members of the chapter, especially Lewis P. Rowland (YSM, 1948) and Ruth Leyendecker (YSM, 1951); an annual report and incomplete chapter minutes; documents related to national conventions, and memoranda distributed to the chapter; and issues of the AIMS journal The Interne, 1948. Some of the documents relate to the International Union of Students, the National Society for Medical Research, the National Youth Assembly Against National Military Training, and the American Medical Association. Halsted R. Holman (YSM 1949), president of AIMS, responded to insinuations of communism by the AMA.


  • 1946-1949


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Yale University does not own copyright.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found in the collection. Provenance unknown.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The Association of Internes and Medical Students (AIMS), which advocated for progressive causes such as national health insurance, was organized by medical school chapters. The Harvey Cushing Chapter was the Yale School of Medicine chapter. The collection contains correspondence, a report, and minutes of the chapter and material on national AIMS activities.

Biographical / Historical

The Association of Internes and Medical Students (AIMS) was founded in 1941 when the Interne Council of America (ICA), formed in 1936, joined with the Association of Medical Students, formed in 1937. AIMS promoted a number of progressive causes such as national health insurance and cooperation with medical students overseas. Because AIMS endorsed what were considered radical ideas in the days of McCarthyism, the organization was suspected of being subversive. Increasing attacks and lack of funds forced it to disband by about 1952. The Student American Medical Association was founded in 1950 to counter AIMS.

Guide to the Association of Internes and Medical Students, Harvey Cushing Chapter Records
Finding aid by Toby A. Appel
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Medical Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Repository

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