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March 16, 1979

Continuing Medical Education

Author Affiliations

RD 1, Box 33 Purcellville, VA 22132

JAMA. 1979;241(11):1108. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03290370016016

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To the Editor.—  Relative to the correspondence exchange between Dr Derbyshire and Drs Stross and Harland (240:2248, 1978), I would comment in this medically important and most misunderstood area.First, I strongly concur with the foregoing physicians that continuing medical education (CME) methods and evaluation must be improved by any of the numerous interested and active organizations and persons involved. Like many others, I have realized this and have advocated it since the 1930s.Second, Stross and Harland rightfully strike the nub of the matter. They note: "increasing participation in itself is not important unless that participation is in meaningful CME activities. At present, we think CME is still in an embryonic stage of development and that the majority of programs do not fulfill the educational needs of the audience and are poorly evaluated." I am in full agreement with them here.Third, to the degree that the aforementioned be