In using initials as the title of this editorial, I am not resorting to bureaucratic gobbledygook, but to shorthand. PIR is the name of this journal; CME, as everyone concerned with credits for relicensing knows, is Continuing Medical Education. We hope that readers will be familiar with each.

CME is not new. In 1907, the AMA called on county medical societies to provide systematic review of medical school curriculum to be able, then, to acquaint practitioners with recent advances as being taught in medical schools. Today, the CME effort is much more extensive. But the principle of local implementation of national educational developments seems especially appropriate for the Academy's CME program, and especially for PIR.

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