To the Editor: In recent years a great deal has been done to improve postgraduate education through journals, medical meetings, and formal postgraduate courses. Nevertheless many practicing pediatricians, including myself, have felt that the time devoted to reading or going to meetings should be more productive. It is impossible to read and digest all of the journals. Abstracts and the various scanning methods are helpful but fall short of the mark. In addition, much of the literature is filled with articles of very little practical import.
The medical meetings vary in value. The convention type is the least desirable. Most of them are held in large auditoriums where there are countless distractions and where it is difficult to hear and to take notes. Also, it seems time is always of such essence that very little is allotted for discussion or questions.
The formal postgraduate programs at teaching institutions are much