With many CME conferences cancelled, due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic, medical professionals are finding it harder than ever to receive the proper CME credits. A stay-at-home order, however, is not a death sentence, there are plenty of productive ways HCPs can use their time, to make sure they are well equipped to take on their professional journey. Practicing HCPs can plan for the 2021 CME needs by enrolling and researching online CME courses, or begin planning future trips to live CME conferences, for when the pandemic is over.
It is important to remember this pandemic will not last forever, with most experts agreeing that this virus will most likely be contained by the beginning of next year, which means public events, such as CME conferences will continue. If you prefer a more hands-on method to your medical education, than it would be vital to use this time to research your next live CME conference. Chances are if you wanted to attend a CME conference this year, it was cancelled and was rescheduled for a date later this year, or next year. Check with the event’s organizers and see when they personally would like to host their event. Take this time to budget your trip, start setting money aside for traveling expenses, assuming your employer will not cover it. Research what speakers are at each event, what the concentration is for each conference, how many people are attending (for connection purposes), the cost of classes and the location of the CME event. These should all be factors that are considered, when choosing which live conference will benefit you the most.
Online CME education:
For those who don’t mind doing most of their learning behind a desktop, or in a virtual classroom, make the most of your stay-at-home time, by taking online CME courses. While there are many benefits to using online CME courses rather than live ones, the main difference you will notice, is the how much money you save taking online CME courses. With diligent research you can find courses offered for free, or with significantly reduced prices. If you don’t mind forking over a little cash, many websites offer exclusive benefits to their paying members, such as unlimited CME credits for an entire year. Online CMEs also allow you to take as many classes as you want and complete them at your own pace. The best part of an online CME education, is if you would like to attend a live CME conference, but cannot afford it, you can always stream it from your computer. You will hear the same lectures, receive the same note slides and be given the same information as someone who attended the event.
Below will describe the top two reasons HCPs should continue their CME education through eMedEvents.
Find your perfect medical conference: whether online or in-person:
eMedEvents allows you to perform a smart search to find a specific conference/course by specialty, location, and date, to allow you to find exactly what you are looking for and save time. You will also be able to register for medical conferences, while simultaneously book hotel reservations, transportation, and dining service (if they are in-person conferences). If you are not quite sure what conference you would like to attend, eMedEvents lets you browse through popular conferences, while providing crucial details of the conference, such as the cost to attend, and the number of credits the conference offers.
Networking with fellow HCPs:
If connecting with fellow HCPs is your main goal, then look no further as eMedEvent provides a convenient online forum to connect with your colleagues and enhance professional networking contacts. If there is a certain speaker/HCP you would like to get in contact with, eMedEvents allows you to search them by topic, coverage, name etc. If you yourself are one of the medical speakers, you can create your own medical speaker profile, in order to be discovered by other HCPs. These profiles give an insight to a person’s credentials, specialties, interested topics, contact information, upcoming conferences they plan on attending and past events attended.
COVID-19 may have changed your CME education plans, but it doesn’t have to be for the worse. Use this time to get a head start, determine which method of education works best for you, and start a plan for how you can still accomplish your medical goals this year.