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Splinter Village

Splinter Village

Splinter Village was the housing for medical students and residents who participated in the Federal Army Specialized Training Program or the Navy V-12 Program during World War II. Students eligible for military duty were given inactive commissions, uniforms and $132 per month as pay and living expenses.

The 24 units were built in 1943 and torn down in the 1950s for a parking lot.  During the program, medical students graduated every nine months to relieve doctor shortage during World War II. The program was discontinued in July 1946. There was a similar program for nursing students.

Dr. John Felts, nephrologist, arrived in 1950 as a resident and shared in his oral history about Splinter Village: somebody said if you were at one end here and somebody flushed the commode you could hear it up here. When Dr. Jesse Meredith, surgeon,  arrived at Christmas 1951, he said the rent was $35 per month.

This photo is now housed in the Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives, along with many other historical materials.

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