Continuing Physician Professional Development
Mandated CME growing as states drive education through licensure
Prescription drug abuse, domestic violence, the aging population, health disparities, cultural competence: These are some of the topics of state-mandated CME required of physicians for medical licensure, according to a recent American Medical News article.
Many believe that these mandates are often made with little attention to practicality or long-term viability. Nonetheless, the trend appears to be growing: "At least 16 states mandate what CME subjects physicians must study. Of those, eight states have approved 14 new course requirements in the past five years."
Like many physician organizations, the AMA is opposed to this practice and believes "that the medical profession alone has the responsibility for setting standards and determining curricula in continuing medical education" (Policy H-300.953, Content-Specific CME Mandated for Licensure). AMA policy also calls on medical societies in states with content-specific CME requirements to "consider appropriate ways of rescinding or amending the mandate."
Online tutorials outline best practices for using health IT, offer CME
Guidance on best practices for implementing health information technology in physician practices is available through three new tutorials from the AMA and TransforMED, a nonprofit subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Offering continuing medical education (CME) credit, the series of short educational videos covers ePrescribing, pre-visit planning and point-of-care documentation.