Chairman Hill:. In 1944, the Academy inaugurated a Study of medical services available to the children of America. Included in the Study was a detailed survey of the Pediatric Departments of the 70 medical schools in the U.S. Out of this Study, requiring some 4 years and costing over a million dollars, a vast amount of important information was assembled. As might be expected, the Study clearly showed the enormous advantages possessed by the majority of American children in quantity and quality of medical care, but it also revealed gaps and deficiencies not only in medical care in the field but in the teaching of pediatrics in the medical schools.
In undertaking its Study the Academy assumed a position of leadership among organizations interested in the health and welfare of children. This phase of the Academy's work is now in progress, and while not as spectacular as the Study, it nevertheless is proceeding along a number of fronts on a sound basis. In 1950 and 1951, day-long conferences were held in 9 areas in the U S. in which pediatric educators, state and regional chairmen participated. This year for the first time in history, the heads of pediatric departments of the Canadian medical schools met under the sponsorship of the Academy's Committee on Medical Education for a 2 day conference.
It seems fitting, therefore, that a place should be made on the program of the Academy's national meeting for consideration by the entire membership of some of the more pressing problems which come under the heading of pediatric education used in a broad sense.
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