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September 4, 1948

Current Comment

JAMA. 1948;138(1):78. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900010080017

THE CONTINUING EDUCATION OF PHYSICIANS  In the report of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals in this issue of The Journal, the total recorded attendance at refresher and continuation courses in the United States during the twelve month period July 1, 1947 to June 30, 1948 was reported to be 82,803. This figure, which does not include the attendance at 114 courses for which no attendance records were submitted, represents more than 40 per cent of the total number of living physicians in the United States. Figures for the total attendance at scientific meetings of the American Medical Association, state medical societies, county medical societies and the many special medical societies, if compiled, would furnish additional impressive evidence of the extent to which the physicians of this country voluntarily continue their education after graduation from medical school. Even these figures would not give the entire record, since they would