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CME in the News and on the Blogs December 7, 2009

Grassley letter to AAFP

Today (12/07/2009), the American Academy of Family Physicians received a letter from Senator Grassley asking a series of questions about whether pharmaceutical companies were paying for any continuing medical education events. The letter continues the efforts of the Finance Committee in investigating this practice. It has been a bipartisan effort, which began while Republicans were in the majority.

Listen up. There may be other letters to specialty societies I haven’t heard about.

Institute of Medicine: Redesigning Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Policy and Medicine, December 7th 2009

“The Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report titled Redesigning Continuing Education in the Health Profession. This is the outcome of the IOM Planning a Continuing Health Professional Education Institute which was funded by the Josiah Macy Foundation.

The report consisted of a 12 month study, 3 face-to-face meetings, 2 public workshops with 17 speakers, an “extensive literature review,” and 16 external reviewers. ….

The report states that the purpose of CE is to enable health professionals to keep their knowledge and skills up to date, with the ultimate goal of improving performance and patient outcomes. Consequently, the report suggests that there are major flaws in the way CE is conducted, financed, regulated, and evaluated……….”
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