An important step was taken in the field of continuing medical education at the 1967 Annual Convention of the American Medical Association when the Council on Medical Education granted the first official approval of institutions offering continuing education programs.
This action was the culmination of 15 years of effort, beginning with the 1952-1955 study by Vollan of Postgraduate Medical Education in the United States.1 An Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Postgraduate Medical Education then developed for publication A Guide Regarding Objectives and Basic Principles of Postgraduate Medical Education Programs2 for the assistance of institutions interested in establishing programs in accordance with recommended procedures. Following this, a permanent Advisory Committee was established by the Council on Medical Education and, under its supervision, a series of pilot surveys was carried out in various sections of the United States to determine the feasibility of accreditation mechanisms. Eventually, formal accreditation procedures were approved
ACCREDITATION LAUNCHED IN CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION. JAMA. 1967;201(6):477. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130060151017