Dr. Ted Cook: 1989 – 1990

Congress, Credibility, Fellowship

Meaningful contributions to the overall growth and well being of the AAFPRS are rarely made during a president’s year in office. And, my year was no exception. We did successfully fend off a congressional attack on our credibility made through then Representative Ron Wyden’s committee.

That aside, however, I do take continuing pride in a project initiated in 1978 by Charles Gross, MD (then Education Committee chair), and myself when I was chair of the newly created Fellowship Committee. The delineation and standardization of requirements for our evolving fellowships, formulation of a fellowship review process, structuring of a required resource list of articles and videos for each fellowship, and initiation of the creation of the fellowship examination all evolved over the years that I served as the vice president for education, secretary, and president. Our fellowship program and the subsequent ABFPRS are beyond reproach and the subject of admiration throughout organized medicine.

Note: Summary taken from Academy printed material