The achievements of a journal are most often attributed to its editors. Unseen, and usually unnoticed, are the large number of people without whom this journal could not achieve its mission of both reflecting the field of psychiatric education and prodding it to greater success. We note with appreciation and regret the resignations of two of those individuals who have contributed their unique skills and knowledge to these goals.
Allan Maltbie has long been recognized as one of the leading residency training directors in the country, first at Duke, then at the University of North Carolina. He has been the journal's Book Review Editor for several years. He has expertly identified which books would be of most interest to psychiatric educators, selected excellent reviewers, and spared many of us the time it might take to wade through the plethora of new books published each year, searching for the ones that truly met our needs. We will miss his contributions sorely.
Allan's resignation as Book Review Editor offered the editorial board an opportunity to review how the various column sections contribute to the mission of the journal. After extensive deliberation, the board concluded that the needs of educators in 1998 are different from what they were in 1989, when the book review section was initiated. There are many journals that our readership either subscribes to or has readily available, which include excellent book review sections. What no other journal offers to psychiatric educators is analyses of the teaching potential of visual aids and computer software and relevant articles on education that appear in journals not readily available to most of our readership. Therefore, we will not be appointing a successor to Allan. We can honestly say, with more than whimsy, that he is truly irreplaceable.
The other resignation we have recently regretfully accepted is that of Don Fidler, our Video Column Editor, the man who seems to have invented sophisticated visual teaching material in psychiatry (both of our programs still use some of his original productions), inspired others to do the same, constantly improved the quality of such productions, and taught the rest of us how to use and how to produce videos that are now invaluable core elements of psychiatric teaching. As his products are irreplaceable, so is Don. Nevertheless, we shall try. Gene Beresin has taken on the daunting task of succeeding Don as editor of this column, but it has been decided to probe a different aspect of video productions and their use in psychiatric education. Gene is well known to most of our readership as the immediate past president of AADPRT. What is less well known is that he is a consultant to the TV show "ER." Gene plans to focus on commercially produced television programs and episodes of series and commercial film in his analyses to be published in this column. He will continue to occasionally review videos produced specifically for psychiatric education.
We bid Allan and Don adieu and many thanks, while looking forward to Gene's innovative contributions to our field.