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August 1976

At What Cost Postgraduate Education?

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(8):1273. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040145001

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This issue of the Archives contains a provocative letter from Dr Banks Anderson, Jr (p 1421), in which he spoofs what he believes is a recent trend to organize a course or seminar on some new surgical procedure and charge an exorbitant fee when the new technique may be of unproven value, of nebulous indication, and of uncertain end result.

While it is reasonable to charge an appropriate fee to defray the costs of a postgraduate education endeavor, charging a fellow physician $500, $1,000, or even more seems unwarranted and can hardly be justified. The financial picture is aggravated when the instructor praises a new piece of equipment that he has invented and then advertises and sells it.

There may be a few physicians who feel that they must recoup the exorbitant fee, the time lost in taking the course, and the purchase of an expensive piece of equipment. This

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