CME in the News and Blogs November 16th -21st

November 20, 2009 at 7:25 am Leave a comment

Authors Note: Here is one written by a former medical writer.

Continuing Medical Propaganda Education
November 16, 2009

“A little known provision in the House health care bill would require the $1 billion continuing medical education (CME) industry to disclose more about what it’s teaching the nations doctors.…………

At a time when the future of health reform depends on cost control, it might not be such a good idea to let pitchmen educate doctors.

More transparency in the CME industry can only be a good thing. The public might not like what it sees.”

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A Grassley Nemesis and His Ties to Pharma
November 17th, 2009

“Who is Thomas Sullivan and why is his name popping up lately? Sullivan is known for a few things – president of Rockpointe a medical education communications company; a founding member of the Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators, and his Policy and Medicine blog, where he rails against government oversight of the pharmaceutical industry. Besides being an avid defender of CME, he is also a vociferous critic of Chuck Grassley, the Senate Republican who is investigating various pharma issues, including CME.

Over the past few days, however, Sullivan has been scrutinized himself………”

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SACME Responds to CEJA ReportP Financial Relationships with industry in CME
November 2, 2009

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ACCME transparency looking a little opaque to me
Medical Meetings – MeetingsNet by Sue Pelliter, November 19th, 2009

“OK, I admit I was a little miffed to learn we had been scooped on our own turf by The New York Times when that venerable paper reported that the Accreditation Council for CME was going to be publicly outing accredited providers who were found to be in violation of its accreditation criteria. But really, shame on me for not jumping on the story first, I thought.

But now I am doubly miffed. After waiting for weeks for an interview, then at least some e-mailed comments, yesterday ACCME Chief Executive Murray Kopelow, MD, declined to discuss with me at all what he had already told the Times, much less answer any follow-up questions I sent. They did issue a statement last week that, to me anyway, didn’t say a whole lot (here’s the best I could do to provide an update, based on the information in the statement)……………..”

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NOTE: Sue did post a little later to say, “Dr. Kopelow is going to talk with me this afternoon. I know he likely won’t be able to give me many details, but I look forward to hearing whatever he can say, and will share it with you as soon as I can.” Watch her Blog for the update.


Entry filed under: Accreditation, CME, CME Issues, Pharma Funding, Physician Continuing Education, Physician Education.

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