The Future of Continuing Medical Education: The Roles of Medical Professional Societies and the Healthcare Industry

European Heart Journal (02/28/18)

A new position paper from the European Society of Cardiology discusses the future of continuing medical education (CME), noting that the wide-ranging biomedical innovation seen in recent years requires physicians to frequently update their knowledge base and skills with CME and training. The authors of the paper state, "This document outlines a blueprint for trustworthy, balanced education in cardiovascular medicine, making use of the opportunities for collaboration with industry, to provide physicians with appropriate and unbiased information." The position paper explores issues including the circle of research, education, and evaluation of medical practice; requirements for CME in European countries; the costs involved; the healthcare industry and CME; education programs organized by industry and by medical professional groups; and accreditation. "We describe the need for continuing medical education in cardiovascular medicine in Europe, interaction between the medical profession and medical industry, and propose measures to safeguard the provision of high quality, balanced medical education," the authors report.

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