Continuing medical education: linking the community hospital and the medical school

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Community hospitals and medical schools have different but complementary resources to carry out continuing medical education. To strengthen the educational capabilities of both, a group of community hospitals has been linked to a medical school in a continuing medical education network. A peripatetic educational development team based at the medical school completes the link by helping community hospital physicians identify educational needs and develop educational responses, using both local and medical school experts as faculty. The educational development team provides skills and staffing which no small or moderate-sized community hospital could afford alone. The program is financially feasible for community hospitals and the medical school, does not consume the resources of either, and conserves the time of the community physician and medical school faculty.

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