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May 1, 1972

A Novel Program of Continuing Medical Education

JAMA. 1972;220(5):714-716. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200050052012

Practicing physicians have great demands on their time and energy and it is increasingly difficult to continue medical education on a systematic and regular basis. Most continuing education courses stress passive transfer of information in a classroom type of situation, typically a short burst of didactic instruction lasting one to five days, usually at a medical center remote from the physician's home and area of practice. Most of these formal courses do not involve continuous education over a relatively long period of time, or active participation on the part of the doctor.

During the past three years, practicing physicians in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, the full-time staff of the Department of Medicine at Harbor General Hospital, and California Regional Medical Programs Area IV (UCLA) have recognized the need for a continuing education program which would keep practicing physicians, especially generalists and internists, up-to-date in various specialties of