European CME Forum is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to bringing together all stakeholder groups with an interest in European Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for healthcare professionals. It facilitates multi-channel discussion in an independent and neutral environment to promote the advance of high quality CME in Europe.
The theme for the 13th Annual European CME Forum is:
We live in a strange world where every aspect of our lives has changed and we have all had to adapt drastically. In turn, no traditional aspect of CME-CPD stands out as being more important than any other — so we will approach the meeting by individual stakeholder group, see the CME-CPD world through their lens, and ask them, “what next?” – in whatever tone you wish!
We are looking to finalise the agenda soon, and we will be releasing information on the meeting page as it is confirmed so that you can plan your time at the meeting.
As it is a virtual meeting we are able to be more flexible than usual, the call for abstracts is running until 5 October; we will have a Poster session and identify the most relevant ones to the agenda for Oral Presentation, and we still have some space for interesting and relevant breakout workshops and presentations to support the programme – let us know through the call for abstracts. More information can be found here. Do please also add your voice to the annual CME survey (there is a 10% discount code on the last page), we are analysing all the data and we will present more finding at the meeting. Take a look at the meeting page for more information.
Journal of European CME (JECME), our PubMed-indexed Open Access journal, has had a great start to the year with the highest readership numbers and submissions since launch! We have had a very successful call for papers for the Special Collection in Outcomes in CME-CPD. Don Moore and Robin Stevenson are now reviewing the submissions for publication and selecting which ones will get additional attention at their session about outcomes at #13ECF.
There have been some rapid developments over the past 12 months. For the first time in Europe we saw the launch of provider accreditation, by the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC). The new EFPIA Code was published with further clarity about the role of the pharmaceutical industry in medical education — but not without some calls to go further, and it seems that even in the UK there is a growing concern of its CPD system. UEMS-EACCME has committed to accrediting COVID-19-related education in quick time, and EBAC has started to accredit education in all areas of medicine, with everything reviewed and accredited also to a quick timeline.
This website has a wealth of information about our past activities, European CME Forum offers the largest resource about CME in Europe – anywhere whether online or in print – covering our 12 years of activities, with reports and presentations from over 220 hours of live presentations and workshops given by over 300 faculty.
Please keep in touch with your ideas and contributions. Make sure you are signed up for the newsletter – see the column on the right – as we release information about the 13th Annual European CME Forum.
As always, do please let us know your news, thoughts or ambitions for international CME.
12th Annual European CME Forum
Promoting a culture of learning
In November 2019 about 100 people gathered in our home town, on the campus of the University of Manchester, for a highly discursive and engaging meeting. The theme this year was “Promoting a culture of learning”, building on messages from our recent meetings that CME should focus on high quality, relevant and effective learning rather than the acquisition of certificates.
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The 13th Annual European CME Forum (Virtual) will take place 4-6 November 2020, more information can be found here.