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June 4, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(5):395-399. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960050037008a

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This is the last of a series of eight articles, which together constitute the report of a two and one-half year Survey of Postgraduate Medical Education by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association. The survey included a questionnaire study of a large random sample of practicing physicians as well as detailed analyses of the courses offered by all of the numerous sponsoring institutions and organizations. The first seven articles appeared in The Journal Feb. 26, March 12, March 26, April 9, April 23, May 7, and May 21, 1955.

The rapid rate at which the science and art of medicine are developing makes it apparent that undergraduate medical education can only lay the foundation upon which a lifetime of learning is to be erected. The continuing education of a physician throughout his professional life is absolutely essential if he is to use judiciously and

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