THE MESSAGE that this report aims to convey lies in the exciting opportunity open to the teacher in the pediatric outpatient clinic. An energetic teaching program in the clinic can contribute materially to the learning experience of medical students, interns, and residents, and can be highly rewarding to the teacher. The pediatric clinic obviously cannot stand alone, for many of the objectives of undergraduate medical education and of the pediatric residency are better accomplished on inpatient services. The pediatric clinic can, however, reinforce and broaden much of the inpatient experience; furthermore, it can provide a learning experience unrivaled within the curriculum for the areas of growth and development, applied preventive medicine, the continuum of nonepisodic care of both well children and those with chronic disease, and the consequences of the socioeconomic environment of the patient—the latter area being one for which Richard Cabot crusaded years ago at the Massachusetts General
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