Efforts to Improve Aviation Medical Examiner Performance through Continuing Medical Education and Annual Performance Reports,
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE
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Continuing medical education CME serves to maintain or increase the knowledge, interpretive proficiencies, and technical skills that a physician uses in hisher practice of medicine. Resulting improvement in professional performance is frequently difficult to measure, particularly in aerospace medicine, but CME is required for relicensure andor or medical society membership in 70 of states. The Civil Aeromedical Institute first received American Medical Association approval for Category I CME credit for attendance at FAA seminars in January 1973. We began preparing 21-item annual performance reports for each aviation medical examiner AME in 1979 to attempt to isolate the causes of, and to reduce, computer rejection of about one-fourth of all medical certification input because of omissions or procedural errors. There was little improvement in error rate through 1982. We are presently conducting special sessions and open-book tests for new AMEs, lecturing to military flight surgeons, and encouraging Regional Flight Surgeons to review reports of physical examinations from new and frequent-error AMEs.
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