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April 23, 1938

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

JAMA. 1938;110(17):1331-1335. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790170011004
Abstract

There is no sphere of interest more intriguing to one concerned with education than that great no man's land which begins on graduation from college and the professional school. Undergraduate training in any field gradually develops in practice into a more or less acceptable working knowledge, but if a satisfactory quality is to be maintained the practitioner must have access from time to time to the newer standardized methods and practices. I believe that a great advance has been made in this particular phase of education as it applies to medicine in agreeing that neither the science nor the art of medical practice can be fully achieved in the undergraduate program of study and that continuing education must be provided in some way.

A decade ago the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals stated that postgraduate teaching was the outstanding medical problem of the day. At the last annual meeting

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