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May 26, 1962


Author Affiliations

Chairman, Joint Study Committee on Continuing Medical Education.

JAMA. 1962;180(8):684. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050210046011

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A comprehensive program of continuing medical education easily available to all practicing physicians in the United States would improve the nation's health through better medical care.

What is continuing medical education? Is it a process intended to keep the practicing physician in touch with the rapid advances in medical knowledge or is it intended to extend his skills? Are our present efforts in continuing medical education easily available to all physicians? If only 25% of the practicing physicians in many areas participate in postgraduate programs we may properly question their availability.

Is availability the only problem or is there a singular lack of interest in education after certification? Perhaps physicians have not acquired the life-long habits of learning which we presume to be essential to the improvement of medical care. What should be done to make continuing medical education an integral part of the life of the practicing physician?


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