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August 1967

How Good a Job Are We Doing?Some Thoughts for Academic Leaders in Dermatology on Achievement

Author Affiliations

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

From the Department of Continuing Medical Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Arch Dermatol. 1967;96(2):123-125. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01610020015005

THE QUESTION, "How good a job are we doing?" cannot be answered until another question is posed and answered: What tasks in continuing medical education should be undertaken by a group of medical academic leaders in a clinical specialty field? This question leads to another: What is the nature and scope of continuing medical education? Each of these in turn opens up a host of pertinent supplementary questions, the answers to which reveal how comprehensive participation in continuing medical education must be for academic leaders if they are to attain the goal of constantly improving high quality patient care.

How well are we doing in our own personal continuing education? Are we carefully selecting only future life-long learners for admission to our medical schools? Does our undergraduate teaching inspire students to continuing scholarly pursuit throughout life? Do we move our interns and residents to become day-to-day, year-in-year-out students and readers?