The Objectives of pediatric training programs for house officers (residents) have been scrutinized by several groups in recent years,1-6 and the changing role of pediatricians in modern American society has evoked a great deal of discussion in medical journals.7-16 No clear answer is presently available as to the ultimate role pediatricians should or will have in the medical care and health supervision of children and their families. Proponents of all shades of opinion are heard, from those who advocate a purely hospital consultant position for the pediatrician to that of a family medical practitioner.

The Children's Medical Center in Boston, like other departments of pediatrics throughout the country, has been gradually changing its residency program in an effort to meet some of these challenges.

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