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December 12, 1977

Continuing Medical Education

Author Affiliations

Colorado Association for Continuing Laboratory Education, Inc Denver

JAMA. 1977;238(24):2597-2598. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280250023006

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To the Editor.—  In the article "Stop the Continuing Education Bandwagon" (237:2518, 1977), Daniel M. Baer, MD, stated, "It appears [in continuing education] that a formalized structure is being developed that is constraining rather than stimulating the pursuit of knowledge." He further stated, "A system of recognition, certification, and accreditation is being established that stresses traditionally oriented organized programs and fails to recognize the needs, objectives, initiative, and responsibility of the individual in planning and seeking his own continuing education."There is a group in Denver that recognized the need for continuing education 13 years ago and has been striving to fulfill that need using a formalized structure. What began as a tutorial in-service program set up at the request of medical technologists from several Denver hospitals grew because of popular demand so that in 1976-1977 there were 102 different courses, varying from two-hour evening sessions to four-day workshops, presented