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August 1967

Entry of Physician-Learner Into the National Plan

Author Affiliations

Chicago

From the Office of Research in Medical Education, University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Williamson is now at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore.

Arch Dermatol. 1967;96(2):129-131. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01610020021007
Abstract

ONE OF THE great problems in developing a presentation of any given subject matter in continuing medical education is that of securing agreement on just what the proper essentials of good clinical management are. There are, in fact, no well-defined criteria of high quality performance of the diagnostic and therapeutic processes. There may be great variation from center to center in how any particular problem may be handled.

The science and the art of medical practice do find expression in the medical literature, but for the most part they really depend upon guided learning, which is based on repetitive clinical experiences in which the physician acquires a certain amount of knowledge, some technical skills and some rather definite attitudes towards the problems of medicine. There is not objective uniformity either in the content or the process of this learning experience. What is really learned by the young physician is an

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