CME on the Web: Week of August 20th

August 31, 2009 at 4:21 am Leave a comment

So here is a sample of what is on the web and in the news abut CME this week

What do you know -a “good news story on the Web about one of our own.

Continuing Medical Education with Poetic Style: Outcomes Inc. Founder & President Grows Successful Business and Finds Fulfillment in Poetry

As president of Outcomes Inc.—an $9 million business focused on continuing medical-education assessment—and a published poet, Linda Casebeer has proven that taking risks and persevering are keys to success. Her experiences in the start-up phase of her business are valuable to any entrepreneur looking to overcome initial hurdles. Whether seeking business success or personal fulfillment in artistic expression, Linda’s journey is one of full of satisfaction on many levels.
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How to make industry influence transparent in continuing medical education

Medical Weblog.
August 25, 2009

Here is how this one starts:

“A recent hearing of the Senate Aging Committee on continuing medical education (CME) should scare anyone who might need to see a doctor in the next few years. But you don’t need to be a Washington policy wonk to discover that there’s a huge problem with CME.”

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Why We’re Opposed to Medical Ghostwriting
Posted by Erik Deckers on Aug 25th, 2009

Since many MECC’s are involved in this practice you might find this interesting. Here id how this one starts:

“We’re opposed to this kind of ghostwriting, because it’s dishonest, unethical, and presents all kinds of conflicts of interest.”

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OIG Chief Counsel testifies on ensuring CME integrity
CCH® Healthcare Compliance — 08/25/09

NOTE: You really want to read this one.

“The commercial sponsorship of continuing medical education (CME) poses a potential conflict of interest between patient welfare and the commercial interests of sponsors, according to the testimony of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) Chief Counsel, Lewis Morris. Sponsors that provide funding to CME providers are frequently manufacturers of drugs, biologics, or medical devices related to the topic of the CME program. Commercially-sponsored CME programs consequently tend to focus more on sponsors’ products than do programs that are not commercially-sponsored. One study on pharmaceutical promotional strategies revealed that spending $1 on physician events generated an average of $3.56 in increased revenue.”

Testimony before the Senate Special Committee on Aging, July 29, 2009

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How to make industry influence transparent in continuing medical education
In: Daily Health Scope August 25th, 2009

Read this recommendation.

“This could be achieved, like so much else these days, through an internet website. The site, CME.Gov, would be run by the National Institutes of Health and would serve as a central repository of all significant information for CME programs. It would require all CME supporters, producers, and participants to fully disclose complete information about the funding and the content of their programs. No CME credit could be earned unless all the required information about the CME program were first registered on CME.Gov.”

There is more to read:

Carlat’s Blissful Deception
Policy in Medicine, August 28th 2009

Daniel Carlat, MD will go to just about any lengths to discredit medical communications companies, he even once set up a website (at 2:00 in the morning) to parody the Association Clinical Researchers and Educators. This time he has gone overseas to give an example of a problem medical education company in a story titled: A MECC that BLISSfully Keeps Promotion in Medical Education

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University of Wisconsin CME: Dean Directs Sunshine on Journal Sentinel Attacks
Policy in Medicine, August 30, 2009

In this weekend’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Robert N. Golden, MD dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and vice chancellor for medical affairs sets the record straight on their CME program. Contrary to articles written in that paper that attempt to discredit the program the school shows that after significant review the CME program at Wisconsin is above reproach.

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Entry filed under: CME, CME Issues, Continuing Medical Education, Continung Professional Development, Pharma Funding, Physician Continuing Education, Physician Education.

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