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May 10, 1958


Author Affiliations

Coral Gables, Fla.

Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1958;167(2):200-202. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990190054011

Before any consideration can be made of the problems of pediatric training created by the recent changes in medical practice, it is desirable to state the ideal requirements for a graduate pediatric training program. Since the importance of health supervision is emphasized more in pediatrics than in the other special fields, we must recognize these two main areas; (1) treatment of the ill child and (2) guidance of the physical and mental health of the well child. In the first category, we are interested in experience both with the more severe and dramatic, although much less common, illnesses of children and also with the common minor illnesses. In the second category, we need to give instruction and experience in the fields of normal nutrition, physical and mental growth and development, and regimens for infectious disease prophylaxis. We are concerned here with pediatric specialty training, but we must always keep in

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