The state medical association is an organization dedicated to the interests and advancement of its members. As such it has traditionally sponsored activities designed to aid its members to maintain their professional competence.
Typically, however, these activities have been limited primarily to the publication of a state medical journal and the sponsorship of an annual scientific meeting. In a few instances, state associations have cooperated with medical schools in planning and presenting continuing education courses, but the role of the association has usually been that of participant rather than leader.
The California Medical Association, however, has recently taken a major step toward a position of leadership in continuing medical education in that state. In March 1967, that association sponsored and conducted a two-day Planning and Goals Conference, "to define and delineate future policy and courses of implementing action for continuing medical education in California."
The conference was structured as a