Tag Archives: ACCME

Medical Device CEO Jeff Binder Stands Up for Corporate Support of Continuing Medical Education

Criticism surrounding commercially supported continuing medical education (CME) has remained constant over the past several years, despite growing evidence that such support creates little if any bias. However, as Jeffrey R. Binder, President and CEO of Biomet, Inc. recently posted, the logic of industry critics who argue against commercial support of CME and graduate medical […]

Study Shows Online Continuing Medical Education Highly Effective in Adoption of Evidenced Based Medicine

A recent study showed that continuing medical education (CME) delivered via the internet was highly effective in educating physicians to make evidence-based decisions for their patients.  The study by Linda Casebeer, PhD titled Evidence-based choices of physicians: a comparative analysis of physicians participating in Internet CME and non-participants published in BioMedCentral (BMC), reviewed how the […]

JAMA: Industry-Free Continuing Medical Education is Not Without Challenges

 With a growing number of medical institutions and organizations responding to concerns about potential biases in industry funded continuing medical education (CME), a recent article from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), assessed the successes and challenges that have emerged from efforts to shift away from industry-funded CME.   According to the author, […]

ACCME Releases 2009 Annual Report Data – The CME Economy 7.7% Reduction in Total Income

 The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) released its 2009 annual data, which provides an in-depth view of the size and scope of the CME enterprise nationwide. The report includes statistics on CME program revenue, funding, numbers of participants and format of educational activities. The 2009 ACCME Annual Report Data marks the 12th year […]

ACCME Adjusts Course and Provide Clarity on Industry Employees Presenting their Science

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) announced adjustments to their questions and answers around the standards for commercial support and how it relates to scientific presentations given by employees of pharmaceutical and device manufacturers at CME accredited educational activities. They have issued new answers to questions posted on their website including: What kinds […]

ACCME Defines Peer Review Process for Industry Scientists

In response the American Heart Association and other organizations on the restrictions of industry employees presenting original science, the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) released this statement this evening: In regards to the reporting of the results of research conducted by ACCME-defined commercial interests, the ACCME has determined that some accredited providers have […]

NY Times on CME: Corporate Role in Educating Physicians

The relationships between doctors and the medical industry have been under constant debate for the past fifteen years. These discussions have led federal agencies, pharmaceutical companies, state and federal governments, professional associations and academic institutions to change their policies regarding the proper role of industry in medicine.   A recent example of such changes includes the […]

ACCME Seeks Input on Industry Scientific Presentation Policy

In response to the ongoing controversy of industry researchers presenting at scientific conferences such as the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions (articles here and here)  the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) today released this statement seeking input from CME providers: As the national standard bearer, the ACCME accreditation system is designed to ensure […]

Continuing Medical Education: The Need for Clarity and Resources

After it was recently announced that the American Heart Association (AHA) will not allow employees of medical manufacturers to contribute science in their medical education presentations this year during its annual Scientific Sessions, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wasted no time running an editorial calling this approach a “good idea.” What the Sentinel thinks is a […]

ACCME Call for Comment: Transparency, Knowledge and Recognition

This week the ACCME issued a “Call for Comment” on three areas of CME.  Call for Comment: Balancing Transparency The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) recently announced that it is seeking comment on a proposal for balancing transparency and confidentiality in the Complaints and Inquiries Process. Click here to access a webpage where […]

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