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October 1988

Chiron Speaks: Advanced Formal Training—Current Perspectives

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(10):1094. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860220028016

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Because young doctors, as do all youth, and for many and varied reasons, mature in different ways and at different speeds, their readiness and general suitability for further formal training should be intelligently evaluated. Who better than their chairman or professor advisers can estimate natural ability and learning capacity? These "mentors," through the years, usually have been considerably involved with such decision making and are in a favorable position to make comparisons and valid predictions.

Professors and chairmen should be ready to counsel if asked and should encourage questions. Passing thoughts such as "... too busy to talk, too important to bother, and too indifferent to truly care" should never deter the young doctor from asking advice. Counseling is part of the older and/or more experienced doctor's responsibility, and this should be true for all physicians inside and outside the academic communities.

On the other hand, in large programs it is

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