Dr. Virginia Apgar (1909-1974) was the anesthesiologist who developed the Apgar Score for evaluating newborns in 1952. Her
subsequent research in neonatology included studies of birth defects and in 1959 she became the director of the Division of
Congenital Malformations at the March of Dimes. There she was responsible for reviewing grant applications, raising public
and professional awareness of birth defects and the research in progress, and encouraging support for research in this area,
often traveling thousands of miles every year. Attending professional conferences and courses such as the Short Course in
Medical Genetics helped her keep up to date with progress in the field, even if--as she humorously suggests in this letter--her
demanding schedule precluded a stellar performance on the exams.
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1966-03-04 (March 4, 1966)
McKusick, Victor A.
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. Victor Almon McKusick Collection
Reproduced with permission of the National Foundation-March of Dimes.
The Bar Harbor Course and "McKusick's Catalog," 1960-1980
March 4, 1966
1. The announcement of the Medical Genetics Course has just arrived.
2. You know I didn't pass the course in 1960 or 1963.
3. The dates August 1-12 are just fine.
4. May I please come back again as an observer?
5. I do not intend to ask for another observer spot for a friend, either sex.
Virginia Apgar, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Division of Congenital Malformations
P.S. My very excellent secretary wonders if you need a typist in Bar Harbor, or an errand "boy."