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To the Editor:
—Many medical educators have viewed the encroachment on postgraduate medical education of the pharmaceutical houses and, more lately, the proposal of a so-called university without walls contained in the Dryer Report, with a great deal of concern. It does not seem proper that the pharmaceutical houses should be active in the promotion and offering of postgraduate medical courses, since the absolute prerequisite of any kind of education is complete objectivity. Insofar as the "university without walls" is concerned, most of the recommendations for development and implementation of a national program are excellent. However, the control of a national postgraduate medical organization must rest with the physician through his official organizations, and the financing of such a program by commercial houses which are medically oriented, or by a grant-in-aid from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, could very well lead to the loss of such control. I
Sternberg TH. Postgraduate Medical Education. JAMA. 1963;184(5):430. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700180156021