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October 1972

Personal Response to the Sixth Conference of the Association of Professors of DermatologyChanging Currents in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Medicine —Their Impact on Dermatology

Author Affiliations

Durham, NC

From Duke Hospital, Durham, NC.

Arch Dermatol. 1972;106(4):474-475. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620130006002

"Personal Response to the Sixth Conference" gives me considerable latitude which I will need because of my own built-in bias.

This is the sixth workshop that I have attended in which undergraduate, postgraduate teaching, and education were directly or indirectly featured. This attests to the importance of this continuing problem. With each conference we have made definite progress and I am sure that we will profit by this meeting as well. I personally doubt, however, that teaching of dermatology either at the undergraduate or graduate level can be so standardized as to fit situations in California, Texas, or Georgia, for example.

In your several committee reports today you have had as many different opinions as there are groups reporting. In addition to discussing the minimal needs for preserving our specialty and the effect curriculum changes are going to have on dermatology as a specialty, there were comments about recruitment, curric

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