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April 14, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(15):1306-1307. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960500036010

• The four-phase program of postgraduate medical education here described consisted of formal specialized courses at a medical school, informal seminars brought by a team of physicians to rural communities, early-morning open-circuit television programs, and audiovisual seminar kits.

The intramural phase was easily evaluated in terms of attendance and direct expressions from the participants. It was one of the two most popular methods, and the most enthusiastic reception was given to courses on heart disease, on medicine in general practice, and on legal implications of medical practice.

The three extramural phases were evaluated similarly, the telecast being followed by telephone interviews and mail questionnaires to measure the amount of information actually gained by the medical audience.

The results showed that physicians can gain new medical information by these means and that they participate with enthusiasm in programs for continuing medical education.