The month of February, 1962, witnessed the beginning of the activation of a new project of great interest to all pediatricians in the United States—for it was during this month that Dr. Alex J. Steigman, former Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, assumed the position as Study Director of this project sponsored by the Joint Committee on Pediatric Research, Education, and Practice.
At the present time the societies represented on this Joint Committee are The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Section of the American Medical Association, the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Pediatric Society, and the Society for Pediatric Research. It is envisioned that in addition to full participation of the membership, the co-operation of a number of organizations, medical and lay, private and governmental, will be enlisted.
The Office of the Director of this study, Dr. Steigman, and his staff, will be in the Central Office of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Evanston, Illinois, where such facilities as bookkeeping, printing, and mailing services will be made available on a cost basis. Although the Academy will act as the administrative and executive agent for this study, the Joint Committee will be the policy-making body. Some financial support was granted the Joint Committee by the Executive Board of the Academy at its last regular meeting; additional support will be sought from other sources, including the other sponsoring societies; and a possible grant from the National Institutes of Health is now pending.
Present plans call for this study to be undertaken over a 3-year period and to include (1) the status of practice, research, and teaching in child health, and (2) the most effective use of medical and paramedical manpower in child care in the community and in research and teaching in universities and institutes.
- Copyright © 1962 by the American Academy of Pediatrics