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August 6, 1982

Chest physician innovations keep sandman out of CME

JAMA. 1982;248(5):NP-NP. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330050010007

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It's another exhausting continuing medical education course. Some 430 physicians are assembled in a Chicago hotel meeting room taking the American College of Chest Physicians' (ACCP) latest course on pulmonary medicine. All are in their seats by 8 AM, and they often are still in those chairs up to ten hours later. It goes on like this for five straight days, complete with evening homework.

But what's this? Says course director Reuben M. Cherniack, MD, director, Department of Medicine, National Jewish Hospital, Denver: "I haven't seen anyone nod off. And I've yet to hear a complaint."

How so? According to ACCP Executive Director Alfred Soffer, MD, the continuing interest seems to stem from a combination of motivation and participation. And the latter ingredient comes mainly from electronics.

At the fingertips of each physician in this course was a six-button "voter station." Every so often, usually in the course of a