Author Affiliations: Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (Dr Mazmanian); and Departments of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (Dr Davis).
Contempo Updates Section Editor: Janet M.
Torpy, MD, Contributing Editor.
One faculty member in a professional school referred to continuing
education as "shouting out of windows," and an analysis of the programs at
his institution shows the aptness of his metaphor: Faculty members who can
be persuaded to do so give lectures on subjects of their own choosing to audiences
they do not know, who have assembled only because they want to put in enough
hours of classroom attendance so that they can meet a relicensure requirement.
As a result, every profession now has members who vigorously oppose what they
regard as the excessive promotion of continuing education.—Cyril O. Houle,
Mazmanian PE, Davis DA. Continuing Medical Education and the Physician as a Learner: Guide to the Evidence. JAMA. 2002;288(9):1057–1060. doi:10.1001/jama.288.9.1057
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