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April 1977

Pro and Con of Continuing Education

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Amarillo, Tex

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(4):524. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640040132036

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To the Editor.—  There has been much discussion pro and con in regard to continuing education, self-assessment examinations, and recertification of board-certified dermatologists. Most of the efforts seem to be centered around the concept of "boning up" on the more academic and scholarly aspects of the ever-expanding developments in our specialty. We are enthusiastically in favor of these efforts to keep the troops in top form. There are, however, two sides to this coin. We think that while we as humdrum daily practitioners and bearers of the colors brace ourselves for the coming educational ordeal, it would only be fair that those who dedicate their lives to teaching and research and the care of only a few patients a day share in the fun and games.What we are proposing is that those primarily engaged in research and teaching in turn be examined on their knowledge and ability in handling

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