Welcome to Impact Education, LLC's, continuing medical education (CME) page. In collaboration with our accredited joint providers, we offer engaging and meaningful CME activities certified for either AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or Category 1-B CME credit from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), free of charge. Activities are designed specifically to meet the needs of physician specialists, primary care providers, and medical directors in the managed care/payer setting and cover a variety of important, timely topics presented in multiple formats, including live, on-demand, and journal-based CME. Read More.
Individuals working in the health care industry need to continue their education to maintain the level of competence they exhibited when they first obtained their licenses. In addition, continuing medical education courses ensure that health care professionals remain informed about new and developing areas of their specialty, as health care continues to advance at rapid rates. This education may take place in a variety of manners. Some individuals attend live events or take part in online programs. Others opt to obtain the desired information through written publications or various forms of electronic media. Before taking part in this training, however, individuals need to know what to look for.
When content for a continuing medical education program is developed, it needs to be reviewed by experts in the particular field the training covers. This review ensures that the information delivered is accurate, and it should be presented by faculty who have expertise in that field. For this reason, health care professionals need to avoid any programs that have a financial relationship with the faculty member responsible for reviewing or delivering the material unless they are willing to disclose the nature of that relationship. This transparency helps to minimize any bias a continuing medical education provider may have when it comes to their own products.
Continuing medical education requirements are not new. Since the introduction of teaching hospitals and medical colleges, health care professionals have been meeting with others in the field to discuss treatments that worked and those that did not, new prescription medications, and more. In addition, they would do rounds and engage in case discussions to share what they had learned with each other about certain patients and their cases. Meetings would also be held to discuss medical papers recently published, and all helped to ensure those in the field continued to learn and master their craft. These teaching techniques continue today.
Pharmaceutical companies, from the 1950s to 1980s, played a role in continuing medical education, as they often funded events for those in the health care industry. Over time, however, critics began to question this funding, expressing concern over an informational bias of intentional and unintentional types. Due to these concerns, certifying agencies were then established, including the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education and the Pharmaceutical Advertising Advisory Board.
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), among others, regulate current continuing medical education in the United States. Most states now have requirements in place for health care professionals to maintain their current licenses. Courses are offered through a variety of organizations, including hospitals, educational facilities, professional associations, home study providers, and medical education companies. Some fall under the Formal Learning Activities category, such as live planned programs, Informal-Point of Care research, and Process Improvement continuing medical education. In addition, journal clubs often meet these requirements, as they involve the evaluation of published research to increase mutual awareness, and some professionals opt to engage in Internet-based professional communities to obtain continuing medical education credit.
In 2008, the National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals established a professional certification process for those who want to become certified as a planner in this field. To obtain certification, a person must undergo a standardized examination and, upon completion of the examination, become a Certified CME Professional or CCMEP. A registry is maintained by the organization of those who have reached this level.
When supporting Impact Education, LLC's, continuing medical education activities, grantors know they are funding programs and materials offered in collaboration with the provider's joint sponsors. The activities are certified for either AMA PRA Category 1 Credit or Category 1-B CME credit from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). All offerings come free of charge and have been created to meet the needs of primary care providers, physician specialists, and medical directors in the managed care/payer setting. Timely, important topics are covered in multiple formats to meet the needs of all, including on-demand, live, and journal-based continuing medical education. For more information about our medical education activities, contact Impact Education, LLC, today. Read Less