Evaluating Scientific Presentations

JAMA. 1966;197(2):40. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110020026014.
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Scientific presentations of this month's American Medical Association Annual Convention again were evaluated by the physician audience.

Physician evaluation of scientific papers was initiated at the June 1965 AMA Annual Convention in New York City. The professional audience was offered the opportunity again at the AMA Clinical Meeting in Philadelphia in November and December.

Gilson Colby Engel, MD, Philadelphia, chairman of the AMA's Council on Postgraduate Programs, has explained:

"The AMA Board of Trustees and House of Delegates have charged the Council to carry out periodic evaluation of the programs of all sections at the Annual and Clinical conventions."

The evaluation is designed to determine primary medical specialty and major professional activity of those in the audience, Ralph De Forest, MD, director of the AMA Department of Postgraduate Programs, explained. Then it seeks to learn what they thought about the entire scientific program, each section's program, each session and each


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