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November 25, 1968

Continuing Medical Education

JAMA. 1968;206(9):2048-2053. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150090124019

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Continuing medical education remains as a growing field of importance, giving evidence of growth not only in breadth but in depth as well. Increasing involvement of new institutions and organizations offering programs, and evidence of greater use of these programs by the individual physician, are becoming obvious.

Various stimuli are noted as some of the reasons for this growth and vigor in continuing medical education. The ever-present wish of the practicing physician to keep well informed, the arrival of new and younger individuals on the medical scene with old ideals in a new and sharp focus, the desire of a better-informed lay public for the best in medical care, and the response of governing bodies and law-making groups to this desire—all of these are factors playing a role in the steady and rising interest in continuing medical education.

The regional medical programs, authorized by Public Law 89-239, are showing signs