May 25, 1957


Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Kan.

Professor of Medicine and Chairman of Department of Postgraduate Medical Education (Dr. Delp), Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology (Dr. Rising ), and Executive Director of Postgraduate Medical Education (Mr. Nelligan), University of Kansas School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1957;164(4):372-376. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980040012004

• Experience with postgraduate instruction in medicine has been continuous in Kansas since 1911, when the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the Kansas State Board of Health cooperated to arrange the first annual five-day summer school for health officers and physicians. The idea has evolved into the present program of postgraduate medical education, in which the university supplies administration, curriculum, faculty, facilities, budget, educational methods, and evaluative procedure with the advice and cooperation of several other organizations, especially a committee for postgraduate study appointed by the Kansas Medical Society. The program has been amplified to include work for specialists as well as generalists and for several professions allied to medicine. The use of participative methods of education, rather than lectures alone, is characteristic and vitally important. The enlisting of basic science instructors along with clinical instructors in the teaching teams is beneficial to both groups. The program is assured of acceptance if a mutually profitable relationship with the student body exists, and this can be insured only by continuing critical self-appraisal.