Guide to the Records of the Medical Specialty Training Program

Collection Title: Records of the Medical Specialty Training Program
Dates: 1936-1951
Identification: 18/2/21
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Medical Specialty Training Program
Extent: 2 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: These records consist of documents relating to the administration of the Medical Specialty Training Program. They include correspondence to and from program administrators, faculty and affiliated hospitals, some financial records generated by the program, minutes from committee meetings relating to the program and records of doctors enrolled in the program.
Acquisition Information: The Records of the Medical Specialty Training Program were separated from the Records of the Medical School Dean, Accession #99-167, which in turn was separated from Accession #97-113, which was received from Chris Simoni of the Gary Law Library on August 13, 1997.
Processing Information: Liora J. Cobin; September 2004.
Separated Materials: A few duplicate and extraneous materials were discarded. Two letters were transferred into the Gordon W. Raleigh biographical file at the University Archives.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

The Medical Specialty Training Program was a division within Northwestern University Medical School for post-graduate education.  It facilitated residencies and coursework for doctors to pursue specialties for practice within the broad medical field, based on requirements of various medical specialty boards.  At the time of its inception, medical specialty training in the United States was largely informal.  This program was a transitional phase in the formalization of medical specialty training, less formal than the Graduate Division of the Medical School later became, but more formal than the apprentice-style training that had existed.  The program began in the fall of 1944 and ended in August of 1950, primarily because of concerns about the financial structure of the program, which depended on students receiving government subsidies.  The Medical School restructured the program into its Graduate Division.  Dr. Arthur R. Colwell, Sr., Professor of Medicine, directed the program with the assistance of Dr. Gordon W. Raleigh from its inception.  Dr. Raleigh took over as Director September 1, 1949.

For more information on the program please see: "Principles of Graduate Medical Instruction: With a Specific Plan of Application in a Medical School" by Dr. Arthur R. Colwell, Journal of the American Medical Association, March 31, 1945; "Supervised Training for the Medical Specialties" by Dr. Arthur R. Colwell, Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 21, No. 4, 1947; "Planned Graduate Training in Internal Medicine" by Dr. Gordon W. Raleigh, The Journal of Medical Education, March 1951.  These articles can be found in the authors' biographical files in the University Archives.

Scope and Content

The Records of the Medical Specialty Training Program fill 1.5 Archival Boxes, spanning the years 1936-1951. The bulk of the records comes from the tenure of the program, 1944-1950, but other records provide context for the collection.

These records consist of documents relating to the administration of the Medical Specialty Training Program. They include correspondence to and from program administrators, faculty and affiliated hospitals, some financial records generated by the program, minutes from committee meetings relating to the program and records of doctors enrolled in the program. Correspondence with the directors of medical specialty boards (including descriptive brochures sent by the various boards) reflects the purpose for establishing the program, as well as guidance for program design. The dissolution of the program is also documented.

The series contains records specific to specialties and courses taught by the program. These include outlines and schedules for particular courses, correspondence about faculty and students in the specialties, and other administrative records for specific programs. Of particular interest are lecture notes from the Basic Sciences Survey Course for Residents in Internal Medicine, lectures 1-24, spring 1948.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Medical School--Alumni and alumnae

Subjects

Medicine--Specialties and specialists--Illinois--Chicago

Physicians--Training of--Illinois--Chicago


Container List / Contents

  • Budget and Invoices, 1949-1950Box 1, Folder 1
  • Committee Reports and Correspondence, 1947-1950Box 1, Folder 2
  • Cook County Graduate School of Medicine, 1944-1948Box 1, Folder 3
  • Correspondence, General, 1937-1950Box 1, Folder 4
  • Correspondence, American Medical Boards, 1936-1951Box 1, Folder 5
  • Correspondence, Dr. Lester J. Palmer, 1947-1948Box 1, Folder 6
  • Correspondence, Grants, 1947-1948Box 1, Folder 7
  • Correspondence, Hospitals, 1944-1950Box 1, Folder 8
  • Faculty, Instructors and Staff, 1946-1952Box 1, Folder 9
  • Hospital Staff, 1944-1945Box 1, Folder 10
  • Residents and Students, 1945-1950Box 1, Folder 11
  • Specialties and Courses, Allergy, 1945-1949Box 1, Folder 12
  • Specialties and Courses, Anesthesiology, 1949-1950Box 1, Folder 13
  • Specialties and Courses, Anatomy, 1945-1949Box 1, Folder 14
  • Specialties and Courses, Basic Science, 1944-1950Box 1, Folder 15
  • Specialties and Courses, Basic Surgery, 1950Box 1, Folder 16
  • Specialties and Courses, Cardio-Renal-Vascular Medicine, 1938Box 1, Folder 17
  • Specialties and Courses, Dermatology, 1946-1950Box 1, Folder 18
  • Specialties and Courses, Gastro-Enterology, n.d.Box 1, Folder 19
  • Specialties and Courses, Industrial Medicine, 1946-1947Box 1, Folder 20
  • Specialties and Courses, Internal Medicine, General, 1947-1950Box 1, Folder 21
  • Specialties and Courses, Internal Medicine, Collected Lectures of Basic Science Survey Course for Residents in Internal Medicine, I-VII, 1948Box 1, Folder 22
  • Specialties and Courses, Internal Medicine, Collected Lectures of Basic Science Survey Course for Residents in Internal Medicine, VIII-XIV, 1948Box 2, Folder 1
  • Specialties and Courses, Internal Medicine, Collected Lectures of Basic Science Survey Course for Residents in Internal Medicine, XV-XXIV, 1948Box 2, Folder 2
  • Specialties and Courses, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1945-1949Box 2, Folder 3
  • Specialties and Courses, Ophthalmology, 1949-1950Box 2, Folder 4
  • Specialties and Courses, Orthopedic/Bone and Joint, 1949-1950Box 2, Folder 5
  • Specialties and Courses, Otolaryngology, 1949-1950Box 2, Folder 6
  • Specialties and Courses, Pathology, 1948-1950Box 2, Folder 7
  • Specialties and Courses, Physiology, 1946Box 2, Folder 8
  • Specialties and Courses, Urology, 1946-1947Box 2, Folder 9