Originally Posted by Taximom5
And successfully done, too, unfortunately. May I suggest that we get back to the OT, and if anyone suspects any posts of shill-dom or troll-dom, please use the handy little flag button to alert the mods.
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Originally Posted by WildKingdom
nhonestly I find that hard to believe. It's very easy to find online cme that has no competing interests. I have to do 50 hours a year and I've never had trouble.
Could you post some examples? I've read from many sources that even cme that sounds like it has no competing interests is almost always funded by an innocent-sounding front group for a pharmaceutical company, which does make sense, as most cme is about new and updated medications and diagnostic practices regarding the prescribing of such medications.
You're misinformed. First of all, it is not true that most CME is about updated and new meds. Not even close.
There is a ton of CME out there. Yes, you can get it from going to a steak dinner with a "speaker." That's just a drug sales pitch poorly disguised as CME. In general, if you want real CME, you have to pay for it.
For example, I'm currently doing the Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program. It's a 12 module review program. Each module takes about 20 hours to complete and earns a certain amount of CME. It's put out by the ACP, and costs $519.00. I'm getting a lot out of it, because it's a comprehensive internal medicine review, and I need to re-certify my boards this year.
There are plenty of other options out there. Most tertiary care hospitals run multiple programs. I got a flyer in the mail today run by Harvard (Orthopedics review for primary care doctors). http://cme.hms.harvard.edu/cmeups/pdf/00332530.pdf Just one example. And, if you look at the syllabus, no sessions on medications.
Doctors do a lot more than just prescribe meds.