This issue of The Journal contains the seventh annual listing of Continuing Education Courses for Physicians, compiled for the use of all members of the medical profession. The courses constitute essentially what is available to the physician in the way of formal programs in the third and perhaps the most important phase of his medical education. The first phase is undergraduate medical education, in an approved school of medicine, which lasts four years. The second is graduate education, in an approved internship and residency program, which lasts from one to seven years. The third phase is continuing education, which should last for the rest of his professional life.
The importance of continuing education has received increasing recognition in recent years, primarily because of the tremendous expansion in medical knowledge. The modern physician is confronted by what often seems to be an impossible task in attempting to keep himself informed of
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