July 26, 1976

Continuing Medical Education

Author Affiliations

The University of North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program Chapel Hill

JAMA. 1976;236(4):345. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270040011009

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To the Editor.—  In regard to the current interest in continuing education for physicians (235:373, 374, 1976; 233:797, 816, 1975; 230:521, 1974), we would like to report on the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program (AHEC).North Carolina is 90% rural with a large but sparsely distributed population and many medically underserved areas. The AHEC Program is an attempt to identify and meet the manpower and educational needs of health professionals on a regional basis. A community hospital, or consortium of hospitals, is an Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Nine AHECs encompass all but two of the state's 100 counties. The responsibilities of the AHECs include the continuum of education: student, postgraduate, and continuing education for all types of health professions. Each AHEC is affiliated with a university health sciences center that provides technical assistance, educational resources, and faculty support. Each AHEC also has community-based physicians who hold full-time