I was pleased to see your article "Postdocs Organize For Changes" by Steve Bunk, which appeared in the Jan. 5, 1998, issue of The Scientist (12[1]:1). The article described the plight of the postdoctoral researcher and advocated change. It also publicized the symposium "Postdocs: Defining Our Role" held at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on February 17 in Philadelphia, a symposium that was long overdue.

Bunk's article, although informative, focused on postdoc scholars who have organized themselves but spent little time on institutional efforts to support these individuals. I would like to bring to your attention that we created the Office of Postdoctoral Programs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in July 1997.

We at the School of Medicine regard our postdoctoral researchers as valued colleagues. One reason our office was established was to implement and ensure compliance with the...

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