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Continuing medical education

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Continuing Medical Education (CME) is a practice that’s been in place for many years among health professionals. It involves ongoing education and training to maintain and enhance their medical knowledge and skills. From the mid-20th century, pharmaceutical companies began funding CME, leading to fears of bias and the creation of guidelines to regulate this funding. In the U.S and Canada, there are regulatory bodies like the ACCME, AOA, RCPSC, and CFPC that oversee CME for physicians. To ensure quality, CME courses are developed by various organizations and their accreditation is overseen by NC-CME. However, there are concerns about industry sponsorship in CME, as it can lead to a narrow focus on products and bias in medical education. There are resources and references available for CME, including standards for commercial support and various studies and publications.

Continuing medical education (CME) is continuing education (CE) that helps those in the medical field maintain competence and learn about new and developing areas of their field. These activities may take place as live events, written publications, online programs, audio, video, or other electronic media. Content for these programs is developed, reviewed, and delivered by faculty who are experts in their individual clinical areas. Similar to the process used in academic journals, any potentially conflicting financial relationships for faculty members must be both disclosed and resolved in a meaningful way. However, critics complain that drug and device manufacturers often use their financial sponsorship to bias CMEs towards marketing their own products.

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