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March 1969

A Further Look at Graduate Education in Dermatology

Arch Dermatol. 1969;99(3):251-252. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610210005001

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THE Association of Professors of Dermatology Fourth Conference, the transactions of which are published in this issue, represents a further step in dermatology's effective dialogue regarding its educational efforts. It brings together a wide range of attitudes, judgments, and opinions regarding the aspirations, merits, and shortcomings of current graduate programs, as well as those designed to fulfill present and future needs.

It reveals rather dramatically the attitudes of recent residents toward the programs in which they trained, attitudes toward their own practices, their patients, and the continuation of their education. It provides valuable insight into what the residents now in training think of their respective programs. If one measures these opinions and attitudes against the goals, curricula, and methods as defined by their teachers, it would appear that a necessary ingredient in all graduate education is flexibility—flexibility to meet the professional and scientific requirements of students with different capabilities and

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