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February 29, 1964

Continuing Education—Too Little and Too Late?

JAMA. 1964;187(9):27-28. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060220073037

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The profession's concern for professional competence continually asserts itself, said Mahlon Delp, MD, chairman of the Advisory Committee on Continuing Medical Education, before the American Medical Association's 60th Annual Congress on Medical Education, Feb. 8-11 in Chicago.

Of primary concern to today's physicians, Delp said, is the philosophical concept of lifetime continuing education. "Eight to ten years study and experience in the medical scientist's quest for competence is not yet enough. The original attainments of the medical student must be constantly renewed and replenished."

Maximal efforts are being made to assure sound educational experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, Delp said, and "no less must be provided and nurtured for the vastly greater numbers wanting, demanding, and needing continuing education." Where the tradition is strong and the opportunities acceptable, more than 60% of the active physician population does seek and engage in formal continuing education.

The private practioner finds that

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