In the late spring of 1970 the American Academy of Pediatrics will offer to its Fellows (and to interested nonmembers) a new continuing educational opportunity. Similar programs have been developed by other specialty societies for their members (American College of Physicians, American Psychiatric Association, and American Society of Anesthesiologists). Parenthetically, it should be explained that the more familiar term, postgraduate education, is now generally reserved for house staff-oriented, hospital-based programs, while continuing medical education is the preferred term for educational offerings directed to the practitioner.

Behind a broad resurgence of interest in the continuing education of the practitioner lies a growing body of criticism from professional and lay groups.

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