Safeguarding Physician Education From Inappropriate Influence

International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics (06/18) Vol. 101, No. 2, P. 261; McMahon, Graham T.

Accredited continuing medical education (CME) "offers clinicians a protected space to learn and teach without commercial influence and to help physicians differentiate between accredited activities and the promotional activities of industry," writes Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, president and CEO, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). He explains that one of ACCME's roles is "to set, monitor and evolve the standards that ensure that accredited CME is designed to be independent, based on valid content and free of commercial influence or bias." To that end, ACCME has created standards to ensure that accredited CME serves patients' needs, not industry's interests. The Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities have proven effective in protecting CME from industry while also easing scientific discourse, McMahon notes. As a result, they have been adopted across medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and other professions, both in the country and worldwide. "We will continue to monitor the healthcare environment, evaluate the effectiveness of our rules and respond to emerging issues so that clinicians engaging in their professional development can continue to trust what they are being taught and what they are learning and continue to grow in their own ability to provide the high-quality care our patients deserve and expect," McMahon concludes.

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