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March 1, 1976

The Reading Retreat

Author Affiliations

Governor for Tennessee The American College of Physicians Memphis

JAMA. 1976;235(9):906. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260350012004

To the Editor.—  I have read with interest the article by Libby et al (233:797, 1975) entitled, "Help Stamp Out Mandatory Continuing Education!," followed by Dr Mangun's editorial comments (233:816, 1975). I quite agree that any system of enforced mandatory education would likely become onerous and would be greeted with apathy if not outright resistance.I believe there is a new concept in continuing education—a reading retreat.1 This type of learning experience has been inaugurated by the Tennessee region of the American College of Physicians during the past 2 1/2 years. The basic emphasis here is on reading and not on a pedantic teacher-student relationship through didactic presentations. The course subjects chosen have been various subspecialty areas of internal medicine, a separate day devoted to each subject. Experts in the field begin the workday with a "Meet-the-Professor, What's-New, What's-Important" session to introduce the material. The remainder of the attendees'