CME in the News and on the Blogs January 1, 2010

January 1, 2010 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment

Here is an article you may want to read. I wish we would see more of these kinds of things circulating on the Blogs.

Commentary: Urgently Needed: A Safe Place for Self-Assessment on the Path to Maintaining Competence and Improving Performance

Bellande, Bruce J. PhD; Winicur, Zev M. PhD; Cox, Kathleen M.

Academic Medicine:

January 2010 – Volume 85 – Issue 1 – pp 16-18


Traditional continuing medical education (CME), necessary for keeping physicians current and competent, is insufficient in translating physician practice into better patient outcomes. CME, then, must be transformed from a system of episodic interventions to a more personalized, contextual, flexible, and targeted process within a continuing professional development framework. The core of this transformation must be a formal process of physician self-assessment. Unfortunately, health care providers tend toward inaccurate self-assessment, regardless of training, specialty, or manner of self-assessment. Therefore, the development of an external validation system conducted by credible, informal peer review in a safe environment is essential. Clinicians must be able to access practice and patient data without concerns about accuracy, timeliness, confidentiality, attribution, or unintended consequences. New analytical tools are also needed to illuminate the data compilations and present them in compelling, individualized, and comparative formats. However, such developmental work will not be possible without strong community leadership coordinating a collaboration of resources and a sharing of data. Ensuring physician competence has long been an issue for medical societies, state licensing boards, and others invested in improving patient care. Now it’s time to get serious. Current efforts at massive health care reform provide the perfect opportunity to fully integrate physician self-assessment and performance improvement into the larger health care system through a continuing professional development model. Practitioners in CME have been far too complacent with the current practices. A shift to a focused and dedicated sense of urgency must occur to ensure physicians’ continuous learning and change.

(C) 2010 Association of American Medical Colleges

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There is also a series of articles in this issue  on industry relationships that you may want to read.

Can Academic Departments Maintain Industry Relationships While Promoting Physician Professionalism?

Dubovsky, Steven L.; Kaye, David L.; Pristach, Cynthia A.; DelRegno, Paula; Pessar, Linda; Stiles, Keith

Academic Medicine. 85(1):68-73, January 2010.

Commercial Influence and Learner-Perceived Bias in Continuing Medical Education

Steinman, Michael A.; Boscardin, Christy K.; Aguayo, Leslie; Baron, Robert B.

Academic Medicine. 85(1):74-79, January 2010.

The Effect of Industry Support on Participants’ Perceptions of Bias in Continuing Medical Education

Kawczak, Steven; Carey, William; Lopez, Rocio; Jackman, Donna

Academic Medicine. 85(1):80-84, January 2010.

Perspective: Conflict of Interest and Professional Organizations: Considerations and Recommendations

Camilleri, Michael; Parke, David W. II

Academic Medicine. 85(1):85-91, January 2010.


Entry filed under: CME, CME Issues, Continuing Medical Education, Improvement, Pharma Funding, PI CME.

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