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April 1965

Goals of Undergraduate Teaching In Dermatology

Author Affiliations


Professor and Director, Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota Hospitals.

Arch Dermatol. 1965;91(4):298-302. doi:10.1001/archderm.1965.01600100014004

MY IDEAS now are much less definitive than I had assumed when the subject was assigned to me. "Goals" may be realistic or idealistic, but the word suggests the finite, achievement in the not too distant future. One expects to achieve goals but knows that persistent effort will be required; achievement is not assured. "Teaching" is the crucial word in my title. It suggests the transmission of information, the development of techniques and skills and the inculcation of attitudes; it includes the teacher, the student, a curriculum, and the methods to attain their goals. It ought to mean "to aid to learn" rather than "to inform."

Preparation for a talk forces one to review his opinions, clarify and formulate his concepts. In this instance I obtained little help from published dermatologic writings and not much from any recall of general discussions or individual conversations. My statements as to goals shall

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