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Book and Media Reviews
February 8, 2012

Continuing Medical Education: Looking Back, Planning Ahead

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson (moynahan@email.arizona.edu).

JAMA. 2012;307(6):619-620. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.106

Although postgraduate medical education, commonly referred to as continuing medical education (CME), is the longest and arguably the most important educational phase of a physician's career, it is considerably neglected when compared with undergraduate and graduate medical education. An increasing recognition of the importance of CME, in combination with issues regarding industry funding, a renewed focus on interprofessional education, and a major change in how health care professionals obtain continuing education, has thrust CME into an unaccustomed spotlight. Hence, Continuing Medical Education: Looking Back, Planning Ahead, edited by Dennis Wentz, is a timely read. As the title suggests, the book is a comprehensive examination of the past, present, and potential future of CME.