THE Executive Board of the Academy has approved a proposal made by the Committee on Medical Education for the establishment of postgraduate courses on a regional basis for Academy members.
This decision was derived from the fact that, although in 1957 there were 53 postgraduate courses offered in the pediatric field the country over (J.A.M.A., 164:1811, 1957), 46 were primarily for physicians in general practice or part-time specialty practice. Six were offered for physicians interested in application of specialties to pediatrics, such as orthopedics, allergy, and dermatology, but only two were on clinical pediatrics. Of the courses in the specialties, two were given in New York City (one every Wednesday for 6 months, and the other for durations varying from 1 to 12 months).
The Academy plans to conduct its postgraduate courses in conjunction with medical schools and major teaching hospitals co-operating with the Academy for this purpose. It is anticipated that 8 to 10 courses will be offered annually. These courses will cover general pediatric problems as well as specialty subjects in pediatrics, according to the demands of the membership.
The courses will be arranged so they will in no way conflict with the Annual Meeting or the Spring Session of the Academy. For the academic year 1958-59, two courses are being arranged. Details of these, including content of programs and locations, will be circulated to the members of the Academy by the News Letter of the Academy from the Central Office.
It is believed that Academy-sponsored postgraduate courses distributed over the country on a regional basis will greatly enhance the fulfillment of the primary objective of the Academy: to foster and promote better child health services for the children of this nation.
- Copyright © 1958 by the American Academy of Pediatrics