Continuing Physician Professional Development
Need CME? Check out the AMA's online offerings
Looking to fulfill your ongoing educational requirements? The AMA offers hundreds of continuing medical education (CME) activities that you can complete online at your convenience.
Activities in the AMA's online CME collection offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and are searchable by format or topic for easy access. There's something for everyone, with courses covering a broad range of subjects from patient care to physician leadership to practice administration.
Two recent additions help physicians understand how to apply the latest policies in the AMA Code of Medical Ethics to their daily practice of medicine. Using case scenarios, the first activity shows physicians how to be prudent stewards of health care resources; the second activity helps physicians ensure safe discharge of their patients amidst competing priorities.
The courses—free to AMA members—provide overviews of the new policies, outline factors to consider, present challenges physicians may face and suggest additional resources physicians can consult on these topics.
If you're looking to gain a better understanding of prescribing and treatment information for particular diseases, AMA Therapeutic Insights is the place to turn. This online CME newsletter contains the latest treatment guidelines as well as unique state- and national-level prescribing information for featured conditions. Each issue focuses on a different, specific disease topic, and new therapeutic topics are featured throughout the year.
Hundreds of CME activities also are available through The JAMA Network. Activities are searchable by topic or alongside the related journal article, running the gamut of clinical issues, from allergy and immunology to medical informatics to surgery. Establishing a user account allows you to track CME activities in which you have participated, and the system generates certificates for instant accreditation of completed activities.
Meeting your professional learning needs has never been easier with these convenient options. If you're not an AMA member, join today to gain access to the AMA's full collection of CME activities.
Continuing medical education should work to reduce bias
A recent commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association calls for increased focus on potential bias in continuing medical education, versus conflict of interest (COI), which has generated the lion's share of attention.
The authors state that "bias in CME is more troubling than COIs, which involves only an unacceptable probability of bias," and that "bias may result from factors other than financial relationships with industry, including intellectual commitment to a therapeutic approach, limited expertise about the topic, methodological shortcomings, and poor judgment."
They also propose a set of sample questions to help determine the presence of bias in a given presentation:
- Does the presentation compare options for managing the condition, including generic drugs and lifestyle changes?
- Does the presentation use a critical literature review or meta-analysis to summarize the totality of evidence?
- Are the limitations of data for new therapies discussed?
- What important pertinent topics are missing from the presentation or course?
The authors conclude, "Bias in CME can ultimately harm patients. To improve their quality and integrity, CME programs should adopt stronger measures to identify and eliminate bias."
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