Staying Up To Date



Is there a being more deserving of scorn and pity than the physician whose medical knowledge is outdated, and whose clinical skills have withered? The choice of a medical career connotes a commitment to lifetime learning. And what was true when Dr. W. M. Johnson wrote the introductory paragraph above in the 1930s is even truer now, owing to the accelerating pace of change in medical knowledge and techniques. Each year, we physicians and scientists encounter literally thousands of new scientific factoids, pharmaceutical agents, and drug interactions. I am fond of telling my medical students that, with the exception of a very few drugs such as salicylates and digitalis, the medications I use today were all introduced after I finished medical school and postgraduate training. Only diligent attention to continuing medical education (CME) keeps us from becoming professional dinosaurs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine School of MedicineOregon Health and Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA

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