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More than a century ago John Shaw Billings, M.D., said, "The education of the doctor which goes on after he has his degree is, after all, the most important part of his education."

Thus, the idea of lifelong learning in the medical profession is not new. However, Billings, who established the National Library of Medicine, might be surprised to know just how far it has evolved. Almost all academic medical centers have departments of continuing medical education that sponsor hundreds of courses each year. These courses can be a specific as "Bone and Wrist Cadaver" or as broad as "Primary Care Update."

Vanderbilt Medical School's Division of Continuing Medical Education is in the business of providing opportunities to help physicians in their continuing professional development. It does so by sponsoring a variety of learning opportunities that range from multiple-day conferences to one-hour experiences that give physicians information they can incorporate into their practices in order to provide the best possible care for patients.   continued..

WRITTEN BY KATHY WHITNEY
ILLUSTRATION BY NICHOLAS WILTON
 
 
 
 
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