In Reply.—Dr Gemson raises an important concern that should be addressed by the Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics (RRC/Ped), the body responsible for accrediting programs in general pediatrics. This organization has recently redefined the essentials for the education of the pediatrician. These new essentials define the recommended educational and experiential backgrounds for faculties, as well as criteria for the preferred sites for resident education.
The purpose of my original report was to begin a dialogue between those with the responsibility for educating and evaluating the pediatricians of the future and those with ideas about how these processes might be enhanced. I suggest that the chairman of the RRC/Ped, Donald Dunphy, MD, be invited to respond to the particulars of Dr Gemson's letter. Also, I believe it would be valuable for the AJDC to publish either the entire new essentials in pediatrics or a summary of the critical elements