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.
We recently met for the 12th Annual European CME Forum (#12ECF) which took place 6-8 November 2019 at the University of Manchester, UK. The theme this year was: Promoting a culture of learning. We will be updating this website with the presentations, reports and other outputs from the meeting over the coming weeks.
This website has a wealth of information about our past activities. We had our 11th Annual European CME Forum at the end of 2018, which took place at The King’s Fund – “the think-tank of the NHS” in London, UK. You can access the meeting report here, and go to the meeting page for further information and downloads. In fact explore this website for the information you need, 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. Also take a look at our open access peer review and PubMed Indexed, Journal of European CME (JECME). If you want to be kept informed of our activities, join our community by signing up on the right hand side of this page.
In 2018 we saw the publication of some important reading for our European CME community with “Ascent to the Summit of the CME Pyramid” in JAMA by Robin Stevenson and Don Moore, about measuring outcomes in CME. Don Moore also published a successor paper to his original description of the Outcomes Framework, titled “A conceptual framework for planning and assessing learning in continuing education activities designed for clinicians in one profession and/or clinical teams“, having worked with his co-authors, who were also co-presenters, to test these concepts in practice at European CME Forum, and other meetings.
2019 also unfolded in an interesting way. 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. JECME is currently reviewing a number of manuscripts from across several stakeholder groups in European CME about these emerging topics, keep an eye on developments and and engage yourself in the discussion here.
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 report on the #12ECF meeting, and plan for the next meeting to take place 4-6 November 2020 in Barcelona.
If you would like to know more about European CME Forum and our journey so far, take a look at this presentation, and as always, do please let us know your news, thoughts or ambitions for CME in Europe.
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, relative and effective learning rather than the acquisition of certificates.
We will continue to update this page with more information over the coming weeks. Make sure you are subscribed to the mailing list for updates (see top right hand column of home page). If you were a participant, please complete the post-survey. The meeting report should be available in JECME in early 2020.
The 13th Annual European CME Forum will take place 4-6 November 2020 in Barcelona, initial information can be found here.