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May 1966

Status of Dermatology in Schools of Medicine in North America, 1961

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

Arch Dermatol. 1966;93(5):515-521. doi:10.1001/archderm.1966.01600230019006

THIS discussion is a summary of data obtained from a questionnaire circulated to the chairmen of departments, divisions, or sections of dermatology of the schools of medicine in the USA and Canada. At the first organizational meeting of the Association of Professors of Dermatology held in December 1960, there was general agreement that significant gaps exist in our information on the academic status of dermatology, on the growth or lack of growth of departments of dermatology throughout North America; on the service which such departments are rendering in teaching, research, and care of patients; on the prospects for the future; and on the ability of such departments to attract outstanding young physicians. We believe it is incumbent on every branch of medicine to analyze its performance and contributions from time to time—dispassionately and objectively. Moreover, such information is essential as a basis for intelligent discussion with various medical groups, who

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