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October 22, 1982

A Realistic Journal Reading Plan: The Cornerstone of Continuing Medical Education

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Family Medicine and Practice, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison.

JAMA. 1982;248(16):1987-1988. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330160035021

THE ARRAY of ways for a physician to keep current with the changes and increases in knowledge is large and growing. Conferences in the hospital, in the region, in the country, and in the world are provided. Audiotapes, videotapes, self-learning modules, and home study courses abound. Refereed journals and newsletters plus a burgeoning number of nonsubscription "throwaway" periodicals also vie for the limited time of the busy physician. The broad scope of family medicine is a particularly intriguing challenge. This article presents a suggested guide for residents and practicing physicians to establish a sound core of continuing medical education.

Although some articles have addressed the issues of continuing education,1-3 many state licensing boards require continuing medical education (CME) credits for relicensure, and the American Academy of Family Physicians specifies a number of hours of "prescribed" and "elective" credits for continuing membership, little is known of the impact of CME on