It does not seem possible that 12 years have passed since the launching of PREP. The first issue of Pediatrics in Review appeared in July 1979, preceded by several years of planning. The exact origin of the joint efforts of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Board of Pediatrics to develop a continuing education program tied to recertification is not clear to me today. Suffice to say that Dr Olmstead (then Director of the Academy's Department of Education), Dr Fraser (the Executive Director of the Academy), and Dr Brownlee of the Board worked together to form a Coordinating Committee made of representatives from both organizations and from pediatric practice and academia.

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