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September 2004

The Role of Tabloids in Ophthalmic Education: Pro

Author Affiliations

From the Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore,Md.



Arch Ophthalmol. 2004;122(9):1379-1380. doi:10.1001/archopht.122.9.1379

Physicians continue learning in many ways after they complete formalinternships, residencies, and fellowships. These learning opportunities maybe formal (attending continuing medical education [CME] courses and local,regional, and national meetings, reading peer-reviewed journals, grand roundsat a local medical school's department of ophthalmology). Less formal opportunities(dinner meetings sponsored by a pharmaceutical manufacturer, non–peer-reviewedjournals, reading textbooks, listening to audiotapes in the car or watchingvideotapes, speaking with colleagues in hallways and at cocktail parties)also abound. All of these can be valuable learning opportunities, but eachhas its advantages and possible disadvantages, and the information gleanedfrom each source should be viewed with these potential limitations in mind.Of these different options, non–peer-reviewed "throwaway" publicationsoffer articles that are timely, readable, and highly clinically relevant.1