July 26, 1985

Continuing Education for the Health Professions

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago


edited by Joseph S. Green et al (Jossey-Bass Higher Education Series, Association of American Medical Colleges Series in Academic Medicine, John A. D. Cooper, ed), 438 pp, with illus, $25.95, San Francisco, Jossey-Bass Inc Publishers, 1984.

JAMA. 1985;254(4):553. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360040109045

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This book provides a detailed and comprehensive review of the important title subject. The contents are epitomized by the book's subtitle, Developing, Managing, and Evaluating Programs for Maximum Impact on Patient Care. This work is an outgrowth of a joint project of the Veterans Administration and the Association of American Medical Colleges, designed to define the principles underlying quality continuing education and to translate them into a set of workable criteria and standards.

The four editors and 13 additional contributors have written according to their special competencies. Despite the number of contributors, there is order and consistency because of the logical organization of the contents. A foreword describes the importance of the subject and the origins of the book within the Veterans Administration. The preface states the purpose of the book as "to aid everyone who has responsibility for planning and implementing continuing education in all health professions" and includes