Since 1953, the Association of American Medical Colleges has conducted an annual Teaching Institute, attended by appropriate representatives of each of the medical schools of the U.S.A. and Canada, plus a list of distinguished participants. Such institutes have covered the problems of teaching Physiology, Biochemistry, and Pharmacology (1953); Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology, and Genetics (1954); Anatomy and Anthropology (1955). In 1956 and 1957 the Institute discussed the ecology of the medical student, selection, and evaluation procedures, etc.
The 1958 Institute is the first of a series on Clinical Teaching. The report of the 1958 Institute consists of a number of papers on the objectives of clinical teaching, on the setting of clinical teaching, about the student, patient, and teacher, and a discussion of extramural forces influencing medical education.
Objectives set by Edgar Hull, Henry Bakst, and Carl Moyer ranged from pragmatic and encyclopedic emphases to the need for attention to social forces, and returned to profound but turbulent mid-stream ideas, with reliance upon the scientific method.