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Sept 28, 1984

Continuing Medical Education

Author Affiliations

Dr Osteen is from the American Medical Association Department of Physician Credentials and Qualifications, Mr Gannon is from the AMA Department of Continuing Medical Education, and Mr Fisher is from the AMA Department of Research and Development.

JAMA. 1984;252(12):1561-1563. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350120033006

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AMA Annual CME Conference  The 11th annual American Medical Association continuing medical education (CME) conference for state medical association and specialty societies was held on Sept 30 and Oct 1, 1983. A major conference topic was the relationship between CME and the new federal initiative of prepayment of hospital services based on diagnostic-related groups. Other topics considered were the effective application of computer and communication technology to CME.

Accreditation  The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), sponsored by seven national medical organizations (American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, Council on Medical Specialty Societies, American Board of Medical Specialties, Association for Hospital Medical Education, and the Federation of State Medical Boards) implemented its revised Essentials and Guidelines in the accreditation of national sponsors of CME on January 1,1984. The Essentials incorporate some of the fundamental concepts of adult continuing education and emphasize the necessity of