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March 1969

The Developing One

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From the University of Tennessee.

Arch Dermatol. 1969;99(3):290-295. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610210044011

THE 36 months spent in a dermatology residency is about the same, more or less, as the amount of working time spent either in college or medical school. Coming at the end of a program of education that had begun with kindergarten some 22 years before, it is the culmination of a uniquely drawn-out schooling process.

For the director of any such graduate training program, the awareness of his crucial role in the education of his charges must be a sobering one. For one who has been placed alone in the position of starting and operating such a program, the realization is appalling. The fact that the responsibility for the final 36 months of the education of a medical specialist may still be placed under the total control of a single individual, in itself, stands as a vivid indictment of the lack of thought given to our present system

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