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Nineteen hundred ninety-one marks the 50th Anniversary of The Wilmer Residents Association Alumni Meeting. The "Wilmer Meetings," as they are familiarly known, began in the late 1930s at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md (meetings were suspended during World War II), and were an outgrowth of the late and great Prof Frank B. Walsh's desire that residents have a forum to present their research projects to alumni, peers, and guests of The Wilmer Institute. The meetings soon were recognized not only for their clinical excellence, but also for the enthusiastic and energetic discussions generated by the alumni and guests who had gathered. These exchanges stimulated a camaraderie among members of the meetings that has endured.
Many of us will remember the intimate meetings held in Johns Hopkins' Hurd Hall and the free and lively discourses that took place there. During these assemblages, the atmosphere might become charged by the
Welch RB. The Wilmer Meeting's 50th Anniversary. Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(2):198. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080020044039