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January 6, 1984

Continuing Medical Education

Author Affiliations

University of Iowa College of Medicine lowa City

JAMA. 1984;251(1):37. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340250021006

To the Editor.—  In the QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS section of the May 20, 1983, issue of The Journal, Dr Francis D. Moore1 of the Harvard Medical School responded to a question that asked whether there was any evidence that "continuing medical education [CME]... activities have favorably influenced the quality of medical care." Dr Moore responded that he knew of no such evidence. Although I agree with Dr Moore's further assessment that the frequency and circumstances of professional liability cases have little or nothing to do with CME, I certainly disagree with, and remain puzzled at, his negative response about the way CME relates to the quality of medical care.It is almost unthinkable that Dr Moore practices medicine using exclusively the knowledge and skills that he had acquired by the end of his residency. All that he has learned and done differently since then was learned in that arena