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July 1995

Teaching Ophthalmology to Primary Care Physicians

Author Affiliations

St Louis, Mo

Arch Ophthalmol. 1995;113(7):852. doi:10.1001/archopht.1995.01100070022012

My immediate reaction to "Teaching Ophthalmology to Primary Care Physicians" by George Stern and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology Education Committee1 was, "Bravo!" My delayed reaction was, "What a sad commentary that the article needed to be written."

What have we ophthalmology educators been doing for the past several years, or more appropriately, not doing? The "how to do it" of teaching medical ophthalmology to students and house officers has been spelled out many times in the erudite articles by Spivey,2,3 Colenbrander,4 and Worthen.5 Has there been a lack of faculty to do the job? Retired and semi-retired ophthalmologists would love to help.6

Dr Stern and colleagues clearly point out that teaching medical ophthalmology to students and house officers fulfills two areas of our mission as doctors of medicine: (1) to educate our neophyte colleagues (I'm still old-fashioned enough to remember that the

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