For the past three years the editors of The Journal have conducted a summer program in medical writing. Although designed for medical students, the course aroused interest among physicians as well. In each of the three years that the seminar has been given, we have had one or two physician-participants.
However, only the occasional physician can devote eight weeks to a course in medical writing. One correspondent suggested that perhaps the editors could give a one-week "crash" program which, in intensive fashion, could indoctrinate physicians with our own concepts regarding medical writing. We adopted this suggestion and last fall proposed a seminar or workshop of one week's duration. The response was gratifying indeed. Although the course was restricted to 12 members, there were 85 physicians who applied. A future issue of JAMA will carry a detailed report regarding this program, which ran from Jan 17 to Jan 21 inclusive.