Continuing Medical Education for Life

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Continuing Medical Education for Life Eight Principles. Abrahamson S, Baron J, Elstein AS, et al (University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Calif University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences, Philadelphia, Pa; University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Chicago, III; Hope Heart Institute, Seattle, Wash). Acad Med. 1999;74:1288-1294.

Physicians' needs for continuing medical education (CME) have increased dramatically. Lifelong learning for physicians has heen emphasized in today's society because of the acceleration in research and development of technical innovations, the evolution of practice styles, and the reorganization of health care delivery. For patient care to improve, new learning methods and approaches must be developed through CME. The medical specialty societies have becomethe leaders in addressing the reform of CME. This is largely due to the groups' traditional responsibility for accrediting CME and maintaining professional standards. In 1997, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists organized a conference to address the need for CME reform. The conference attendees were CME program administrators from several medical specialties and academicians with expertise in various aspects of postgraduate learning. …

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