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A Menu for Continuing Medical Education From Both Sides of the Podium

Am J Dis Child. 1992;146(2):159-160. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1992.02160140025012.
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The pediatrician is inundated with a plethora of continuing medical education opportunities, virtually on a daily basis, and has learned to be selective. It follows that program planners and faculty should be aware of the target audience, educational objectives, and optimal techniques in their presentation.

There are a generous number of very competent and knowledgeable physicians available in the academic and practicing community. From this group, a substantially smaller number should be selected who have the teaching skills appropriate for various settings, ie, those educators who can communicate effectively. Certain faculty and topics are better suited for different forums. The brief plenary may ill serve a subject that must have a basic science understanding included in its presentation. This is exemplified by molecular biology, which is best given in seminars. The faculty and registrants should know in advance the level of sophistication to be addressed. The speaker who chooses to


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