As time and circumstance eventually provide a background for change in medical education generally, so also do they furnish a setting for continuing medical education and its growth and modification. It has been said that the authority of those who teach is very often an impediment to those who desire to learn. Hence it is worthy of note that much is happening to strengthen the learner's efforts in this field.
While many factors play a part, the federal government (through legislation establishing the regional medical programs, and through the national policy statements and laws) has stimulated greater development of continuing education of physicians. It has generated increasing interest among medical educators while stimulating activity at other levels. These include medical associations, specialty societies, examining boards, community hospitals, voluntary health agencies, and the general public as well. The physician himself finds new emphasis on the need for his self-renewal. There is