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August 14, 1972

Documentation of Continuing Medical Education— An Idea Whose Time Has Come

JAMA. 1972;221(7):710. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200200056017

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An important beginning was made in 1948 by the American Academy of General Practice in establishing a continuing medical education requirement for certain of its members. For nearly a quarter of a century the academy (now the American Academy of Family Physicians) has successfully maintained its program and has shown continuing medical education to be a proper and effective function of a professional organization.

Noting the success of that program, the AMA House of Delegates established the American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award in 1968. The principal objectives of the award were to encourage and recognize physicians who carry out an individual program of continuing medical education and to encourage new and innovative methods of continuing medical education. Though not stated in the resolution, there was a feeling among its sponsors that this was an idea whose time had come for medicine and that the profession had best do for