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Sir William Osler (1849–1919), sometimes called the ‘Father of Modern Medicine’ and someone who has various diseases (eg, Osler–Weber–Rendu syndrome), nodes, signs and worms—not to mention schools and buildings—named after him, is also in many ways the father of modern medical education. He championed clinical clerkship for undergraduates and pioneered full-time live-in residency at Johns Hopkins. Osler's legacy is discussed in Terence Ryan's editorial.1 In 1911, when he was in England, Osler founded the Postgraduate Medical Association. After World War I, the association merged with the Fellowship of Medicine to become the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, with Osler as its first President.2 ,3
The Fellowship founded the Postgraduate Medical Journal in 1925, with the aim of describing what postgraduate work is being carried out and to enable everyone to keep in touch with it.4 The first issue was prefaced by two editorials written by Sir William Hale-White and Sir Berkeley Moynihan, who were both eminent clinicians at the time. These editorials make for very interesting reading. ‘Our fault is that …
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