AT THIS TIME, I wish to bring a project that is in need of your help to the attention of the entire membership of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and of everyone interested in the future of medicine. This project goes under the general term of "Health Careers" and has as its purpose the stimulation of the desire of as many young people as possible in high school and college to consider some form of medical service as a career. These health careers would include medicine, nursing, laboratory technician, and, in fact, any field that would be directly related to health.
It certainly has been apparent to most everyone connected with medical education that the quantity and quality of applicants to medical schools have decreased within the past few years. We cannot shirk our obligation to try to change this trend.
The engineering profession has for many years "sold" high school students on the desirability and advantages of a career in engineering. We need to do this for medicine and the related occupations. This can be done by individuals or by groups. Many of the state and county medical societies, and even medical auxiliary groups and service clubs, have taken this "Health Careers" project on as their main effort. I do not feel it is necessary to try to "sell" you, as a doctor, on the need and desirability of this. Literature containing ideas and suggestions as to how this can be done can be obtained from the central office of the Academy.
Numerous national groups have taken up this project; notable among these is the National Health Council, of which the American Academy of Pediatrics is an active member.
The Academy's State and District Chairman have already been briefed and asked for co-operation along this line. I am sure I can count on your help.
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