CME in the News and on the Blogs Week of November 29th, 2009

December 4, 2009 at 6:43 pm Leave a comment

More pieces this week on the endless babble focusing on the involvement of industry in CME. One must think that this is the only issue of any importance to the field. And, if you like following this issue you are going to love the fire storm caused by Pfizer Canada and the Canadian Medical Association. The issue does give people of opposing views and opportunity to vent. Perhaps this venting is therapeutic. There is even one entry on the pro side of the issue in this post.

Medical Education Companies, Commercial Support and Transparency
Policy and Medicine November 29th, 2009

“Continuing Medical Education (CME) Companies have recently been targeted as being opposed to transparency in continuing medical education funding. Let me set the record straight: This is simply not true……………..”

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Authors Note: Oh my. Tell me it isn’t so. Look at this next entry. A medical group is collaborating with the pharmaceutical industry to provide continuing education? Critics of industry involvement in CME should have a heyday with this one.

The Canadian Medical Association and Pfizer Canada collaborate on first-of-its kind education program for physicians

CNW, OTTAWA, Dec. 1, 2009

‘The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and Pfizer Canada are pleased to announce collaboration for a new online Continuing Medical Education (CME) program for physicians across the country.

This collaboration between the CMA and Pfizer is based on a shared belief that evidence-based continuing medical education, including online learning, improves the quality of health care in Canada by enhancing physician clinical decision-making, resulting in improved patient outcomes. The collaboration also aims to focus on current education gaps and neglected topics that are of importance to physicians today, while addressing physician concerns about the accessibility of accredited courses……………”

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Authors Note: I knew it. The program mentioned above is taking some intense heat. Just Google or Bing “Pfizer Canada and CMA” to see the torrent of articles and Blogs criticizing this effort.

Reflections on Industry-Supported-Continuing-Medical Educational Activities for Cardiac Electrophysiology Trainees
Policy and Medicine, December 2, 2009

“In response to the “torrent of recent literature decrying the role of industry support for postgraduate medical education,” Melvin M. Scheinman, M.D., from the University of California, San Francisco, wrote an editorial in the Journal Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology highlighting the importance of industry-supported continuing medical education (CME) from the perspective of cardiac electriophysiology trainees.

Reflections on Industry-Supported-Continuing-Medical Educational Activities for Cardiac Electrophysiology Trainees examines the recent “guidelines instituted to regulate industrial funding of medical education” by first discussing the roles of professional societies who have addressed the issue of industry support of CME: the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); Accreditation Counsel of CME (ACCME), as well as the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) of the American Medical Association (AMA)…………….”

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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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