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April 26, 1976

Continued Medical Education Made Easy

Author Affiliations

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry Wayne State University Detroit

JAMA. 1976;235(17):1840-1841. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260430016007

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To the Editor.—  The need for continued medical education is universally recognized. Travel seminars organized by drug companies are one dimension of education not discussed by academic circles.In the last few years, I have taken part in two such seminars, anticipating on neither occasion any educational gain of any consequence.The first course concerned the use of antibiotics and took place on Cayman Island. As a psychiatrist, I believe I had little need for any knowledge about antibiotics. I found myself, against my conscious wishes, attending every minute of the scheduled lectures and discussing the topic of antibiotics with other physicians. I was astonished to find that the other physicians, almost without exception, not only attended the seminars but continued to discuss the lectures at a cocktail party, the swimming pool, and on the beach. Having been involved in postgraduate education of physicians for a great many years, I