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November 14, 1953

FIRST TEACHING INSTITUTE OF ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN MEDICAL COLLEGES

JAMA. 1953;153(11):1023. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940280031013

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Abstract

During the week of October 19 to 23, just before its 64th annual meeting, the Association of American Medical Colleges conducted its first teaching institute at Atlantic City. The area covered included physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology. Over a year of careful preliminary planning lay behind the institute, and this was undoubtedly largely responsible for its outstanding success as a unique experience for the delegates attending from the medical schools of the United States and Canada. Initial small groups, followed by larger group discussion and eventual summarization, covered such important topics as content of courses, interrelationships between basic medical science departments and between basic medical science and clinical departments, teachers, and, finally, teaching and learning techniques.

The free interchange of ideas and the sincere discussions of the complex and perplexing problems associated with the vast increase in current knowledge in basic medical sciences did much to create better perspective on the

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