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CME Accreditation: What Is It Good For?

Posted by Michelle Flaat on Mar 30, 2018 8:50:03 AM

The medical profession has long realized the importance of continuing professional development. In the Aphorisms of Hippocrates, the first one reads: “Life is short, and Art long; the crisis fleeting; experience perilous, and decision difficult. The physician must not only be prepared to do what is right himself, but also to make the patient, the attendants, and externals cooperate.” While 2400 years ago the term continuing medical education (CME) was not yet in use, there was recognition that physicians need to continue to learn throughout their professional life. The fields of medicine and science never stop moving. New technology and research changes the industry constantly! Physicians spend anywhere from from seven to nine years studying for their profession, but that is only the beginning. They should never stop educating themselves and keeping up with advances. This is where accredited continuing medical information comes into play.

 

CME consists of educational activities, the purpose of which is to maintain, develop, or increase knowledge, skills, and professional performance. No matter what area a practitioner works in, clinical care, research,  administration, or any other medical field, accredited CME is tailored to fit their needs as well as the needs of the population they serve. Accredited CME can be found in any medical specialty, covering wide ranging topics from medical error prevention, to chronic disease, to cancer care, to prescription drug abuse prevention.

 

Participation in accredited CME helps physicians meet requirements for maintenance of licensure, maintenance of board certification in specialties, credentialing, membership in professional societies, and other professional privileges. The official definition of CME is broad, to encompass most continuing educational activities that will aid physicians in carrying out their professional responsibilities more effectively and efficiently. The values of continuing medical education to health care providers are:

 

* Refine skills to improve overall patient care

* Stay current with the latest developments within their specialty

* Address real-world challenges that health care professionals face day to day

* Gain professional growth and a means to advance career status

* Meet licensing/certification requirements

* Learn effective medical team management skills

* Earn membership in professional organizations

 

At Emerald Coast Medical Association, we recognize the importance of continuing education and are committed to helping physicians with their CME requirements. Our annual CME Beach Retreat provides participants with current information on a diversity of medical topics pertinent to patient care. Subject matter is chosen based upon assessed needs, future trends and relevance to quality of patient care. 2018 topics included: Professional And Medical Ethics and Florida Laws and Rules for Healthcare Providers, Precision Biomarkers for Detecting Risk of Aggressive Prostate Cancer, the Gut-Brain Axis and Oxidative Stress, and Identifying and treating Domestic Violence. The 2019 CME Beach Retreat promises to offer another wealth of fresh, relevant topics. Click below to learn more and register early to receive a discounted rate!

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