Records of College of Physicians & Surgeons’ Associate Dean Dr. Robert H. E. Elliott, Jr., who served 1966-1972. Elliott does not seem to have had a specific area for which he was responsible, his title appearing in the annual P&S catalog as simply “Associate Dean.”
These records, which are clearly only a fragment of those he must have created in his six year tenure, are largely concerned with nursing education and more specifically with the impact of nursing school curriculums on the nurse staffing levels in hospitals. They also document the attempt to create a program in “allied health professions” at Columbia which would educate licensed practical nurses, laboratory technicians, and physicians’ assistants.
The records largely consist of background information gathered by Elliott for this possible program including interviews with numerous nurses, nursing educators, physicians, and hospital administrators both at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and at other medical centers around the country. Also included are articles and reports on the subject and minutes of Columbia-Presbyterian’s Joint Allied Health Council.
The material postdating his resignation as Associate Dean appears to be from a similar position relating to the same topic which he held at Presbyterian Hospital