CME in the News and on the Blogs, June 23rd, 2010

June 24, 2010 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

Well it seems the only thing that captures media attention in CME recently has to do with industry involvement CME. The recent flap over the CEJA report and, of course, the push back from some groups regarding the ACCME prohibition on industry employees speaking a approved CME activities. Here is a story about another medical school taking the “No Funds From Industry to Support CME” plunge. I wonder if they will follow the Stanford model after a few months.

Debate Over Industry Role in Educating Doctors
New York Times
By NATASHA SINGER and Duff Wilson
Published: June 23, 2010

“In the latest effort to break up the often cozy relationship between doctors and the medical industry, the University of Michigan Medical School has become the first to decide that it will no longer take any money from drug and device makers to pay for coursework doctors need to renew their medical licenses……………”

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Here is a question for you. Do physicians participating in your CME activities approved for CME credit supported by industry perceive commercial bias in the activity? I have asked participants in hundreds of approved CME activities the question and by far the vast majority of them say no. Recent studies on this issue continue to affirm this outcome.

So what’s the problem? I don’t think it has anything to do with our quality CME activities we work hard to design and produce that are free of commercial influence. It is a fire fanned by a small group of zealots who don’t trust the system to work, probably don’t trust their own ability to identify bias ( or think they are the only ones who can) and clearly don’t trust their colleagues to be able to do the same.

Get over it.


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