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THE "cascade effect" is a significant byword of the dermatology training grants program. It developed out of a study sponsored by the National Program for Dermatology and headed by Clayton E. Wheeler, Jr., MD. The full report is extensive and detailed but a summary is published in this issue of the Archives as a special article. The two words "cascade effect," when applied to the part played by NIH training grants in education convey a straight-forward meaning, namely, that money invested in one phase of an institution's development is like priming the pump and will lead to development of many other related phases.
The training grant program had as its aim to train future academicians in the research laboratory. However, even though this defined aim was quite limited, the benefits have been very broad. The figures show that more clinicians and teachers have been trained than full-time investigators. However, to
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