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April 5, 1965

Medical Typists' Course

JAMA. 1965;192(1):63. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080140069025

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To the Editor:—  Would you like to have a secretary who—Thinks like a man, Acts like a lady, Looks like a model, But works like a dog?This anonymous motto has been adopted by the Medical Typists' Course, a program designed to give physicians better-trained medical secretaries. The lengthy transitional period from general secretary to qualified medical secretary is unfair to both employer and employee. Let's do something about it!This problem is with us for a very good reason: Who is training the medical secretary? Almost no one. People within the medical profession are too busy to lend a hand here; people outside the medical profession don't know how. The responsibility actually lies with business teachers, but very few want to attempt material for which they themselves had no training.On May 15 an educational forum on "Teaching the Medical Typists' Course" will be held at the Medical

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