THE Thirty-sixth Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics terminates an eventful year of increased activities expansion, and new responsibilities of far-reaching importance. The Academy membership continues to increase rapidly and the total membership following the recent Executive Board meeting is well over 10,000. The new responsibilities have necessitated the addition of new personnel to the Central Office staff. Mr. George Degnon will work with the Council on Pediatric Practice, especially on pending legislation planned by governmental agencies. Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn will administer the consultation program of the Academy for all Head Start programs throughout the country.
The current year has also brought increased activity in the relationship of the Academy to the other medical organizations. The Medical Intersociety Council, the AMA Interspecialty Committee, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the more recently organized Joint Council of Pediatric Societies have continued to meet and work together along many lines of mutual interest and concern. The Joint Commission on Mental Health for Children has been exceedingly active and now has six task forces composed of extraordinary talent in every aspect of mental health. It is hoped and expected that the final report of this joint commission will be a monumental document.
It would be impossible for me to delincate the accomplishments of all the various committees of the Academy. However, I would like to pay tribute to two of these committees whose diligence and productivity have been particularly outstanding.
The Council on Pediatric Practice has met many times and the workshop conferences both last October and at this meeting have been very highly successful.
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