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September 1, 1993

25 Years in Continuing Medical EducationThe Silver Anniversary of the AMA PRA

JAMA. 1993;270(9):1092. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510090076015

THE AMERICAN Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award (AMA PRA) was established by the AMA House of Delegates in December 1968. As the time approaches to celebrate the PRA's 25th anniversary, we take stock of the award, how it has changed, and how it has not. It is also an opportunity to look briefly at other ways in which the AMA has been involved in continuing medical education (CME). These other involvements have perhaps been more important to CME than the PRA award itself.

The resolution establishing the award set out the following rationale and goals:

  • To provide recognition for the many thousands of physicians who regularly participate in CME.

  • To encourage all physicians to keep up-to-date and to improve their knowledge and judgment by CME.

  • To provide reassurance to the public that America's physicians are maintaining their competence by regular participation in CME.

  • To emphasize the AMA's position as a