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January 26, 1976

Mandatory Continuing Education

Author Affiliations

Temple University Health Sciences Center Philadelphia

JAMA. 1976;235(4):373-374. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260300011010

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To the Editor.—  The communication by MAJ Glidden Neil Libby is well written and has an attention-getting title, but in my opinion it is only a pastiche. Practically all students, mature or otherwise, realize the inherent weakness of many lecture type programs. However, this is not to say that all lectures are useless; my point is not to defend the lecture. I am certain that Major Libby must know that increasing numbers of programs are built about information obtained from registrants, practice profiles, and problems uncovered by medical audits. Self-assessment and repeat medical audits are increasingly used to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs.Mandatory continuing education is another issue really unrelated to questions of effectiveness of these programs. If ineffective programs are presented and approved, a simple solution would be to establish different guidelines for approval for continuing education credits.I do not believe that communications such as this