THE OFFICE of President of the Western Surgical Association is one of the finest honors in our profession. For this honor, I am deeply grateful.
Gentlemen, may I invite you to consider with me our residency programs from the standpoint of where are we, where are we going, and what can we do about it?
The growth of our resident education programs has been rapid and healthy in the past two decades. This growth has been met adequately by the selective approval of volunteering institutions.
We are now facing certain trends and forces intrinsic and extrinsic to our profession that indicate we may have to reevaluate some of our methods and concepts of resident education.
Although the modern expansion of formal resident education has been since World War II, the impetus for this growth was born in 1933. The House of Delegates of the American Medical Association instructed the Council