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Issues in Dermatology
January 1998

Portrait of an Ideal Chairman of an Academic Department of Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 1998;134(1):16-17. doi:10.1001/archderm.134.1.16

EVER SINCE I was a first-year resident, I began to reflect on what might be the essential qualities of an ideal chairman of an academic department of dermatology. Now, 35 years later, after having done residency training in 3 different programs, having served as a full-time member of departments of dermatology in 3 different universities, and having been a visiting professor at more than 3 score departments of dermatology in the United States and abroad, the image of an ideal chairman has come into sharp focus in my mind's eye. Like all ideals, mine of a chairman would seem to exist only as an idea; an ideal, which connotes perfection, is impossible to attain.

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