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August 9, 1965


JAMA. 1965;193(6):535-536. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090060125012

It has become a popular theme in recent years to criticize physicians for not keeping up to date with scientific advances in medicine. The "gap between the research laboratory and the bedside" has been referred to repeatedly in professional and lay journals, and it is generally accepted as a serious problem of modern medical practice.

The medical profession itself has been partly responsible for this impression. In urging institutions to offer more and better courses, and in encouraging physicians to participate in them, many medical organizations and educators have implied that there is a major deficiency in the profession's scientific knowledge. Certainly many have emphasized the need for better development of the field of continuing medical education.

For example, the AMA Council on Medical Education has affirmed the need for accreditation in the field to assure the quality of course offerings. An editorial in The Journal noted that "the continuing