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Progress in Pediatrics
November 1948

UNDERGRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATE PEDIATRIC EDUCATION IN MEDICAL SCHOOLS

Author Affiliations

DURHAM, N. C.
From the Department of Pediatrics of Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1948;76(5):545-561. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030030558009
Abstract

NO MEDICAL school has a completely satisfactory answer to the question of adequate undergraduate and postgraduate pediatric education. The problems of each medical school differ from those of others. Only through a study of the experience of all the schools, now being compiled in the survey conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, can the pediatric curriculum be improved. The following twelve subjects, and perhaps others, must be considered:

1. Objective.—The objective of pediatric education is, or should be, to provide better medical care for children. Over 90 per cent of the children in this country, especially those in rural areas, are cared for, not by pediatricians, but by general practitioners.1 The hope that the increasing number of pediatricians might satisfy the need is futile. For example, the recent survey in North Carolina conducted by the Academy of Pediatrics indicated that the pediatricians represented only 3 per cent

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