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December 26, 1980

Continuing Medical Education

JAMA. 1980;244(25):2835-2837. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310250035005

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Meeting  On Oct 30-31, 1980, the Eighth Annual Conference on Continuing Medical Education (CME) for State Medical Associations and Specialty Societies was held in Chicago. The conference provided a progress report on the accreditation process, including a training program for state medical association site surveyors of CME programs. Concepts of adult education in CME were reviewed. An extensive study of the medical education process that had been published in a report titled Future Directions for Medical Education was analyzed for its implications concerning CME. The results of an important nationwide AMA survey on CME were reported and were received with great interest because it was the first major survey on this subject since 1955.An update, including interpretations, of the requirements for CME of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals proved extremely helpful. Practical educational technique seminars dealing with audiovisual programs and program evaluation, using the patient as a