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Article
August 30, 1941

THE EDUCATION OF A DERMATOLOGIST: CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Department of Dermatology of the Vanderbilt Clinic and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

JAMA. 1941;117(9):661-663. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820350001001
Abstract

The increasing demand by recent graduates in medicine for advanced training in various specialties has made necessary the current effort to develop the facilities for such education. Our graduate departments are still in their formative stage. Methods and organization vary widely in different institutions. Changes will doubtless take place as these are tested by experience. It may be of interest, therefore, to consider at this time the procedure to be followed and the facilities necessary for the education of specialists in dermatology.

METHODS OF TRAINING  The object is to develop in students an understanding of disease and skill in its management rather than to furnish them with information. This makes the choice of method important. A man must build his understanding by observation and reasoning and develop skills by practice. Neither can be set up in his mind from prefabricated units. The belief that education should begin with individual phenomena

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