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Usefulness of Medical Conferences

Matijs van Meurs, MD, PhD; L. Marion Dijkema, MD; Jan G. Zijlstra, MD, PhD
JAMA. 2012;308(1):31-33. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.6362.
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To the Editor: Dr Ioannidis1 explained why the contribution of medical conferences in furthering health care is overrated. However, he did not mention an important factor that increases the number and size of conferences: continuous medical education (CME). Continuous medical education is mandatory and many CME credits can be collected at conferences. However the content of the CME is largely determined by the same organizations organizing the conferences. In addition, conferences are held in nice places and are the most pleasant way to collect CME credits. Restructuring CME to use evidence-based education methods may be a way to limit this type of medical tourism.

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Alex Cumberworth, BSc; Julian Cumberworth; Stephanie Sharp
JAMA. 2012;308(1):31-33. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.6368.
July 4, 2012
Mark Braun, MD
JAMA. 2012;308(1):31-33. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.6376.
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Elliott M. Antman, MD; Robert Harrington, MD; Gordon Tomaselli, MD
JAMA. 2012;308(1):31-33. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.6374.
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John P. A. Ioannidis, MD, DSc
JAMA. 2012;308(1):31-33. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.6378.
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