CME’s are one of the top priorities for healthcare professionals. It is a way to educate, converse, and challenge each other to improve their knowledge to explore the best outcome for your patients.
However, due to the lack of time, many healthcare professionals fail to see CMEs as more than just ‘re-education’. To exacerbate that worry, it’s a requirement. As much as it’s considered high-quality information, you may not feel that great while rushing to keep your license.
But think about it this way: aside from instant access to innovative research information, a medical professional can improve their patient care and techniques without the ‘experimental’ aspect. You get to find out about the latest forms of improvement in the medical field - so as an HCP or researcher, CMEs present all that vital information within a couple of days.
Here are a few factors a physician needs to consider before choosing their form of CME education:
1. Online & Individual Study: You can either choose an online CME course or find a CME institution to acquire personnel education. The ACCME (Accreditation Council for continuing medical education) websites have a bunch of listing that provides continuing medical education.
2. Choose the Right CME Provider: Before seeking a CME provider, check for their credentials and review the tasks, assessments, and learning outcomes of the course. Remember that the information must be fair, unbiased, and balanced in its specified area. Publications should be scientifically reviewed and evidence-based information must be presented.
3. Cost of CME: CME fees usually range from $20 - $50 per credit hour with an average of 15 to 50 credits. Based on eligibility, funding might be available to a few programs. Ensure to choose a course that matches your budget.
4. Choose for a course with growth potential: Add highly demanding skillsets to your education in the medical field. Family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry are some of the top recruited specialties. You can also check with other medical professionals to know if a company pays for a related course.
5. Arrange a meeting with the provider: If you’ve chosen an in-person CME education, make sure to visit the campus, tour classrooms and meet the tutors. And if you’ve preferred to signup for online CME, contact the provider and ask them about the entry requirements, cost of the course, accreditation, and incentives.