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August 1967

Where Are We and Where Do We Go?In Continuing Education for Dermatologists

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From the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia.

Arch Dermatol. 1967;96(2):158-160. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01610020050015

YOUR CONFERENCE planners have given me a delightful role, ranging from that of cub reporter to Nostradamus. I am afraid the mantle of Nostradamus does not descend on my shoulders easily. It hangs about me more like a veil, but we will attempt both to see and to foresee.

American dermatologists have an enviable record of accomplishment in continuing education. Beyond the whip of formal education and the carrot of board certification, they seek out professional knowledge in a multitude of ways. In part this may be due to a mature appreciation of the threat of obsolescence, but to a certain degree it must reflect the scholarly attitudes of those attracted to this advanced clinical discipline. In the sanctuary of the home library, so engagingly described by Dr. Williams, the modern dermatologist regularly reviews the Archives and the Journal, as well as a host of digests. Recently, he has

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