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February 1962

Unique Potential of Outpatient Experience for Pediatricians in Training: Guest Editorial

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Pediatric Director Child Development Program Observation Clinic for Children 5000 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles 27

Am J Dis Child. 1962;103(2):111-115. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080020117001

There is a gratifying increase in the amount of Outpatient Department experience that is provided for graduate and undergraduate students of pediatrics in many medical centers at present. Clearly this must in no way be thought of as a substitute but rather as a way of complementing and enhancing the experience gained in the care of the hospitalized child. Also, it is necessary that those of us who are enthusiastic about providing increasing amounts of this type of training scrutinize the content and the quality of the experience so we do not find ourselves in the position of being good salesmen for poor merchandise. It can only harm the cause of ambulatory pediatrics if we snatch a resident off an active, stimulating inpatient service full of fascinating diagnostic problems and let him loose in a cubicle in the Outpatient Department to see hordes of ill-assorted patients in insufficient time with

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