IN ITS efforts to be of assistance to members of the medical profession in their continuing education, the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals presents its annual list, Postgraduate Courses for Physicians, in this issue of The Journal for the year beginning September 1, 1959. Unlike the lists of medical schools, internships, and residencies published in The Journal, the information on post-graduate courses does not carry either approval or disapproval by the Council of the programs listed, and such should not be inferred by the reader.
The ad hoc Advisory Committee on postgraduate Medical Education has recommended to the Council that a mechanism should be developed and implemented for the appraisal of the post-graduate educational resources of institutions and organizations active in this field. The Committee and the Council staff have been developing and pilot-testing such a mechanism during the past two years. A large-scale test is now in progress.