At the Los Angeles sessions, the Basic Requirements were approved by the membership and sent on to the A.O.A. Board of Trustees via the Committee of Accreditation of Postgraduate Training and the Advisory Board for Osteopathic Specialists. The College voted to organize into active operation the Screening Bureau for graduate Training in approved Osteopathic Centers, which had been approved three years earlier in Atlantic City at our Fifteenth Annual Meeting. This activation consisted of establishing a routine procedure, a standard application form, a psycho-diagnostic procedure, an interview & evaluation procedure, correlation and integration of data at Central Office, and Submission of results to the Centers and assignment of appointments. The complete plan was to be submitted in New York at the Nineteenth Annual Meeting of the College.
Also at the Eighteenth Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, the membership of the college accepted with regret the resignation of Dr. Thomas J. Meyers as Editor of the Bulletin of the American College of Neuropsychiatrists. Tommy had been editor of the Bulletin since its inception in the late thirties and on motion by Chapman, seconded by McRae, the members voted to put on record our sincere appreciation for the many hours of work and sincere interest he had expended on our behalf during his editorship. The Editorial Board appointed Dr. Don C. Littlefield to succeed Dr. Meyers as Editor of the Bulletin.
An editorial in the Volume II, Number 2 issue of the Bulletin (the second issue under Dr. Littlefield’s editorship) appears to this author worthy of direct reproduction in this history because it accurately reflects the important directive influence which the Fellows of this College used to have (and still ought to have) on the course and progress of osteopathic Neurology & psychiatry and of this College. The pertinent paragraph of the editorial follows:
“The Annual Conclave of Fellows of the American College of Neuropsychiatrists will, as always, be one of the high points of the convention. To those neurologists and psychiatrists who have organized, advised, and where necessary restrained the youthful fervor of the less mature among the A.C.N. members, our sincere and heartfelt gratitude. Although young in years the American College of Neuropsychiatrists may look with pride to these men responsible in a very great degree for the successful growth of neurology & psychiatry in the osteopathic profession.”
In the last decade, the Conclave of Fellows seems to have been accorded a progressively diminishing place in the programs of our Annual Meetings. We used to have a “set- up” Luncheon Meeting listed on the program as The Conclave of Fellows. At our last annual session in New Orleans there was not any conclave scheduled and no meeting held. This author hopes that our eight new Fellows will more appropriately recognize the significance of the honor accorded them, and the degree of continued service expected of them.