CME in the News and Blogs

October 31, 2009 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

Here are a few things that were in the media this past week regarding our “profession”. Pharma funding, bias, and one lone call for pharma involvement in CME.

For those of you who are aware of the ruckus caused by the Emory Psychiatrist who received very large payments from pharma for various activities found objectionable by Sen Grassley, he is leaving Emory.

CME in the News and in the Blogs Week of October 26th

Exploring the Future of CME Funding

Medical Meetings
By Dave Kovaleski Oct 26, 2009

The question of how to fund continuing medical education went from a hot topic to a scorching one since the Institute of Medicine’s Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Practice Committee announced last spring that it was time to develop a new model. So it’s no surprise that a panel of CME experts took on the perennial problem at the 20th Annual national Task Force on CME Provider/Industry Collaboration in Baltimore, October 14-16.

In a session called “Beyond the Tipping Point: Future Options for Commercial Support Funding,” moderator Melinda Steele, MEd, CCMEP, director, office of CME at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, put forth four funding options for the panel to discuss: 1) the current model, 2) a model free of commercial support, 3) directed pooled funding, and 4) nondirected pooled funding. Directed pooled means that funds could be sent to a pool, but directed to a specific need. A nondirected pooled approach would see CME funds sent to a general fund.

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Doctors’ Presentations Help Patients

Thomas P. Stossel – Opinion
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (JS Online) October 26th, 2009

“Despite arguments to the contrary, doctors should be paid (Editorials, “Get off the gravy train,” Oct. 7). They should be paid to bring specialized knowledge and experience to their patients. They also should be paid to bring specialized knowledge and experience to their colleagues.

Both exchanges create value and improve patient health. Hollow accusations should never obscure this fact. Promotional presentations by physicians should not be banned; they should be celebrated, for patients’ sake.”
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Physicians See Very Little Bias in Online CME, Says Survey

By Barbara Bein
AAFP News Now 10/30/2009

“A recent survey of physicians who participated in both commercially and noncommercially supported online CME activities found that participants perceived little commercial bias associated with CME activities, regardless of the funding source.”

According to “Low Rates of Reporting Commercial Bias by Physicians Following Online Continuing Medical Education Activities,” in the September 2009 issue of The American Journal of Medicine, 99 percent of the physicians surveyed said online CME activities were “presented objectively and free of commercial bias.”

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

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