At its ninth Annual Symposium the National Committee for Research in Ophthalmology and Blindness * analyzed the structural problems and potentials of ophthalmology. The spawning "institutes" and departments in this nation require a thoughtful look at the many organizational structures for ophthalmology. Opening presentations on advantages and limitations of classical medical school departments were presented at the Symposium by Kenneth Swan of Oregon. Similarly, divisions in General Surgery were discussed by Marvin Sears of Yale, and autonomous institutes by Phillips Thygeson of the Francis I. Proctor Foundation, San Francisco. This material was evaluated by Richard Masland, director, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness, and Dean William R. Williard of the new University of Kentucky School of Medicine.
The panelists and the many discussants agreed that our goals are to recruit, inspire, train, and support the maximum number of skilled individuals for teaching, research, and patient care. The corollary concern is
Keeney AH. Institutes, Departments, and Sections. Arch Ophthalmol. 1965;73(1):1–2. doi:10.1001/archopht.1965.00970030003001
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