Doctors should expect to pay for continuing medical education, hears conference

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 29 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3472
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington DC

    The medical profession needs to seize back control of continuing medical education from the drug industry, concluded doctors at a conference examining the future of postgraduate education.

    Adriane Fugh-Berman, professor at the Georgetown school of medicine in Washington, DC, told the conference that doctors tend to operate under the assumption that because they are well educated and knowledgeable in their field that they can detect bias in educational materials sponsored by industry, but that is not the case.

    “There is no evidence that they are better at detecting lies;” one needs special training for that, said Dr Fugh-Berman, principal …

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