The American Academy of Pediatrics, in attempting to fulfill one of the principal objectives of the Academy, has this year entered into a new phase of medical education by arranging a series of postgraduate courses for pediatricians. The need for such courses has been studied and considered by the Executive Board and the Committee on Medical Education for several years. Two years ago, the first step was taken when the Academy agreed to co-operate in publicizing a course on Pediatric Orthopedics that was presented in New Orleans at Tulane University School of Medicine by Drs. Ralph V. Platou and Clifford G. Grulee, Jr. This course was so successful and the arrangement so satisfactory that the Committee on Medical Education recommended that two regular Academy-sponsored courses be given early in 1959.
These two courses were held in March of this year; the first course at Ann Arbor was presented by the Pediatric Department of the University of Michigan under Drs. James L. Wilson and Harry A. Towsley, and the second course was at Nashville under the direction of Drs. Amos Christie and O. Randolph Batson of the Pediatric Department of Vanderbilt University. These courses were extremely well received as attested by the numerous commendatory letters that were directed to the officers of the Academy as well as to those who directed the courses. This great interest in the postgraduate program was considered sufficient evidence of the need for such courses and, therefore, warranted the plan to increase the number of courses to four during the coming school year.
The Subcommittee on Postgraduate Courses at a recent meeting laid the groundwork for the courses in the coming year. The schedule of courses as planned is as follows:
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