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February 3, 1989

The JAMA Journal Club

JAMA. 1989;261(5):750. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420050100050

The American Medical Association (AMA) provides continuing medical education to physicians worldwide through JAMA, the 11 international editions of JAMA, and the 9 AMA specialty journals. The regular English-language JAMA is received by nearly 400 000 recipients in 132 countries. The international editions are received by approximately another 300 000, and the specialty journals have an aggregate distribution of about 360 000. Authors of articles accepted for publication, therefore, reach and communicate with hundreds of thousands of physicians and, through the media, the public at large.

This week the AMA launches a new continuing medical education program that will extend and amplify the educational value of these journals many times over—the JAMA Journal Club. The concept is deceptively simple. The reading of journal articles, which physicians have always indicated as a primary source of their continuing medical education,1 is combined with small-group discussion, which educators have always recognized as