THE ARCHIVES OF DERMATOLOGY is deeply involved in the continuing education of the dermatologist. It is, therefore, fair to ask about its role, its philosophy and what means are used to translate this philosophy into meaningful activity.
The many means by which new information can be brought to the attention of physicians have been discussed at length at this and previous meetings of this association. It is quite clear from these discussions that three of the critical factors in education are motivation, involvement of the learner, and repetition of the learning process. Although it is difficult, if not impossible, for any teaching device to initiate motivation, it is essential to stimulate it by constantly meeting the needs of the student. Even the well-motivated student will not become involved if an educational device is not truly responsive to his needs. Thus, the role of the Archives can be defined in these
Dobson RL. The ARCHIVES of DERMATOLOGY. Arch Dermatol. 1967;96(2):153-154. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01610020045012