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Medical News & Perspectives
March 5, 2008

Experts Debate Need to Improve Quality and Oversight of Continuing Education

JAMA. 2008;299(9):1003-1004. doi:10.1001/jama.299.9.1003

Although continuing education of physicians and other health professionals is essential to ensure that patients receive current and correct medical care, experts are questioning the nature and funding of many programs.

“Continuing education in the health professions is in disarray” and the accreditation mechanisms for it are “unnecessarily complex yet insufficiently rigorous,” concluded a summary of a conference last fall on continuing education in the health professions (http://www.josiahmacyfoundation.org/index.php?section=home). The conference, convened by the Josiah Macy, Jr Foundation, included 36 leaders in medicine, nursing, and education who debated how best to keep clinicians abreast of new developments and who should pay for such efforts.