What is CME?
Continuing medical education (CME) is educational activities, designed to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance of the physician in order to provide services in accordance of the evidence based medicine for patients.. The content of CME is that body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of health care to the public.
International Accreditation Board for CME accreditation (IABCME) is an independent international board set up to help CME providers assure quality CME activities and provides CME accreditation of all kinds for CME activities outside of EU, USA and Canada. Click here to learn more about IABCME and accreditation process. To apply for CME within EU countries, USA and Canada refer to the CME accrediting bodies in these territories.
Arab Accreditation Board for CME accreditation (AABCME) is an independent international board set up to help CME providers assure quality CME activities and provides CME accreditation of all kinds for CME activities inside arab world. Click here to learn more about AABCME and accreditation process. To apply for CME within EU countries, USA and Canada refer to the CME accrediting bodies in these territories.
Class 1 MDR CME Credits
Class 1 Medical Doctors Reward Credits are awarded by the International Accreditation Board for CME. Click here to apply for C-1, MDR CME Credits for your upcoming event
CME as a bridge to healthcare quality
It is critical that our profession’s social contract be affirmed by the rededication of the physicians to continuously improving their competence, the commitment of CME providers to deliver educational activities that effectively convey the best available evidence without influence by commercial interests, the development by regulators of oversight mechanisms focused on improving health care quality, and funding of research agendas to gain further knowledge about how physicians learn and change
Conflict of interest
CME providers receive often financial sponsorship and other means of support from non-accredited commercial organizations such as pharmaceutical industry, manufacturers of medical equipment and hospital suppliers. Such support can contribute significantly to the quality of CME activities therefore must be subjected to vigorous control. Commercial support to CME activities may be provided in a variety of ways such as exhibits, advertising, industry symposiums, grants. The provider must assure that the educational program is not affected or biased by commercial interests. It is pivotal that the CME providers ensure three main points with regard to commercial interest.
Quality assurance of CME is the primary responsibility of the CME event providers. IABCME will help the CME providers to fulfill the CME criteria during the process of CME education, during the CME events and after the event. The CME providers must ensure non-biased education. The CME event providers have to look carefully at the following points as means of quality assurance.
Guidelines for CME Providers:
Should not be completely non restricting and no conflict of interest must be guaranteed.
Industry-presented education must be clearly distinguished from CME activities under the control and supervision of the providers CME planning committee. Standard uniform terminology should be used to identify industry presented education. Industry-presented education should not be scheduled to compete with CME activities.
All grants must always be made with “no strings attached” and must always be acknowledged in the printed program as non-restricted grants.
Attending physicians can only claim credit proportional to the actual time spent either in participating in a CME activity or in studying self-directed distance-learning material. Monitoring actual attendance of the participants has always been difficult. Electronic monitoring via bar-coded badges at every entry of the participants and random check sand with deduction of CME credits when irregularity is discovered are among methods that are practiced nowadays. CME event Providers must
CME event Providers should submit a short report of each CME activity to the IABCME. Apart from the personal data of participants, information including the program, the development of the CME activity and the actual attendance should be reported.
– Arrangements should be made to facilitate feed back concerning the learning process from the participants to the CME event providers. Evaluation of this information should be sent to the IABCME after the event is completed as part of quality assurance for CME education. Self-assessment is necessary, both for the CME event provider and for the attendees and should be part of the feedback report.
Online courses on CME
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