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February 1985

The Education and Evaluation of the Pediatric Resident: Whose Responsibility?

Author Affiliations

From the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(2):198-199. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140040100038

The pediatric profession has a responsibility to examine regularly the educational system that prepares those physicians who will ultimately be designated as pediatricians. We also have a responsibility to examine the evaluation system that certifies their competency as pediatricians. If flaws exist in our system of education, we should be able to detect them and to suggest and then implement improvements in the system. The continuum of medical education for pediatricians includes medical school and graduate and continuing medical education. This discussion will focus on graduate medical education (the residency in pediatrics).

A process began in the 1930s through which the pediatric profession developed the current system for maintaining the quality of postgraduate education and the competency of the physicians who were its product. A Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics (RRC/P) was established, with the responsibility for approving postgraduate educational programs in pediatrics. Nearly all of those residency programs in

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