June 5, 1996

Continuing Medical Education: Actually Learning Rather Than Simply Listening-Reply

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1996;275(21):1638. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530450027025

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In Reply.  —The amount of information needed to maintain clinical currency exceeds the capacity of the lecture, and for many types of learning need, lectures are the wrong method of education. The advances in multimedia, telemedicine, and the Internet provide options for delivery of CME in the format and at the time the physician desires. More advances are certain to appear. As Dr Hotvedt knows from his participation with the ACCME, the discussions on the best ways to adapt or restructure organizations and processes to cope with these changes are ongoing and substantial.The AMA recognizes activities as Category 1 for its PRA not by format (eg, lecture, CD-ROM), but by design. Material developed as an educational experience in accord with recognized standards by sponsors who have demonstrated their competency to do so is classified as Category 1. This encompasses hands-on training, self-assessment, or any type of enduring material as