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October 14, 1968

Computer-Based and Computer-Planned Continuing Medical Education for the Future

Author Affiliations

From the Cleveland (Ohio) State University.

JAMA. 1968;206(3):621-624. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150030077017

In view of the vast amount of information presently flowing from medical centers and laboratories around the world today, we face an almost insurmountable task in even defining the dimensions of the problem of providing continuing firm communications to professionals in the health disciplines. The new information-processing technologies offer promise of helping to solve the problem. It is my intention here to outline some new approaches to lifetime education in the health sciences, with use of these technologies which deserve serious consideration.

When Ward Darley, MD, was executive director of the Association of American Medical Colleges, he saw clearly that recent developments in computers, television, networks, and other new information-processing media might enable continuing education.in the health fields to progress more rapidly and effectively. This interest, developed when few other medical educators had a vision of this potential, led him to bring together a small group of medical educators, particularly