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January 1, 1955


JAMA. 1955;157(1):41-42. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950180043014

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From the earliest days of medicine physicians have been constantly faced with the problem of keeping up-to-date and putting into practice new developments in diagnosis and therapy. Much of this need has been met by reading medical books and journals, as well as by informal discussions with medical colleagues during consultations or in the cloakrooms of hospitals. Medical society meetings and hospital staff meetings are additional sources of information on advances in medicine.

Over and above these methods of obtaining up-to-date knowledge, physicians are seeking more formalized methods of study in the form of postgraduate medical education. The increasing demand for refresher and other special short courses reflects a desire on the part of practicing physicians to receive well-organized, systematic presentation of new medical knowledge as well as review of basic principles and techniques. The overwhelming majority of such courses are being offered within the walls of medical schools and

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