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It is at the heart of the surgical discipline that its members should constantly seek to improve their skills, knowledge, and understanding of the diseases from which their patients suffer. The pursuit of greater skill must be associated with a state of mind receptive to new ideas and to an enthusiasm for the application of new knowledge.
Within the specialties of medicine and surgery, the stimulus to achieve excellence comes not only from the medical school but also from the specialty societies. These societies are historically conceived by a few men who feel the need to meet together for the purpose of exchanging information in areas of common interest and, by this process, also expand their skill and knowledge. By the presentation of scholarly papers, by public and personal debate, and by providing a platform and channel for the reporting of research efforts and related medical achievements, the specialty society
BRYCE DP. In Pursuit of Excellence. Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(12):757–758. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790600001001