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Editor's Correspondence
Aug 8 2011

Does Industry Have a Role in Medical Education?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, Edinger Medical Group & Research Center, Fountain Valley, California.

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(15):1401-1404. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.348

The Commentary on industry funding of Continuing Medical Education (CME) published in the February 14, 2011, issue of the Archives1 summarizes much of the current debate but leaves unanswered questions:

As a CME Chair of an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Chapter for over 20 years, a member and Co-Chair of an AAP District CME Committee for over 20 years, and as both a CME and non-CME industry–sponsored educator, I believe provider-delivered education has deteriorated. Teachings institutions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and industry must reverse this trend.

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