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The Golden Age of CME Is Yet to Come-Reply

Phil R. Manning, MD; Donald W. Petit, MD
JAMA. 1988;259(17):2545-2546. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03720170020021.
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In Reply.  —We appreciate the thoughtful letters concerning CME. Dr Madigan points out that achievement of reasonably uniform standards that govern the organization and administration of CME has been facilitated by the Essentials and Guidelines of the Accreditation Council for CME. We are encouraged by Dr Madigan's statement that the pressure and demand for more courses have subsided and that sponsors may now focus on redirecting CME toward more individualized, practice-linked methods. The Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association, since its early days, has emphasized individual learning; however, attendance at CME programs is the major way to validate CME participation. We hope that the Accreditation Council for CME will continue to explore additional methods of validation for practice-linked CME and that the Physician's Recognition Award will do the same.We agree with Drs Fisher, Scarpinato, and Govaker that it is difficult for physicians to learn procedures that have


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