The Fifth Annual European CME Forum

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Our largest audience so far gathered at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel & Conference Centre in London 15-16 November 2012, to discuss the current status of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for healthcare professionals across Europe and the important role of all the stakeholders involved.

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Delegate Brochure
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Outline programme

Thursday 15th – Friday 16th November 2012

Final programme

Meeting Opening

Introduction and overview of the objectives of the meeting.

Eugene Pozniak (European CME Forum)

Session 1: CME-IRL

The meeting started with an examination of how to assess educational needs of learners, and an interactive workshop based on the perceived issues relating to CME standards and regulations across Europe.

Jonas Nordquist (Karolinska Institutet)

HOT TOPIC: Introduction of the new criteria for accreditation by EACCME

We heard about the recently adopted criteria for the accreditation of live education events that will come into force from 1 January 2013

Edwin Borman (UEMS-EACCME)
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Session 2: CME by the health professionals

This session examined the approaches and engagement in CME by the medical societies – how they view it, and implement it, discussing how they assess the needs of their membership. We considered how the medical societies engage with patient groups and how they engage in educational activities, from their annual congresses to highly targeted collaborative initiatives.

Chair: Eamann Breatnach (European Board of Radiology)
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Nino Kandelaki (Georgian Association of Medical Specialties)
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Celine Carrera (European Society of Cardiology)
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Colette Andree (World Headache Alliance)
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Session 3: eCME in practice

e-learning is growing in importance and popularity. This session looked at actual examples of online education that go beyond recreating textbooks or meetings on- screen. The speakers delved into what we can expect from the technology, and we heard of examples of innovative online practice, how the accreditation requirements can help in guiding the content creators, as well as examining the techniques and expectations when it comes to evaluating its effectiveness.

Chair: Reinhard Griebenow (European Cardiology Section Foundation)
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Peter Henning (Karlsruhe University)
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Sophie Wilson (International Medical Press)
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Gordon McVie (eCancer Medicine)
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Session 4: CME-Euro-vision

Over the past year we have seen a rapidly growing number of people in European pharma companies with responsibility for CME. In this session we had the opportunity to better understand why European pharma is interested and how they see they can benefit the European CME environment.

Chair: Eva Thalmann (Janssen Cilag)
Jean-Jacques Murama (Lilly)
Rian Visser (MSD)

Session 5: CME-X-TRA

We had the privilege to meet and engage with three heads of CME bodies from across the globe, comparing and contrasting their various visions for CME and engaging with the audience to bring their cumulative wealth of experience into the European setting. The discussion was Chaired by Jacqui Thornton, a health journalist by training: a knowledgeable and experienced moderator, and truly independent. The topics for discussion were informed by the largest needs assessment yet carried out by the European CME Forum.

Chair: Jacqui Thornton (Independent healthcare consultant)
Edwin Borman (UEMS-EACCME)
Murray Kopelow (ACCME)
Pam Montgomery (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons)

Session 6: Born in the USA? Evaluation and assessment workshop Ð geography shouldn’t matter!

This interactive workshop explored the world of outcomes – both learning outcomes and patient-level outcomes – and the importance of both from a CME/CPD strategy perspective. Using a theoretical framework as the foundation for assessment and evaluation, case examples from US initiatives were showcased, and participants engaged in an exercise that sought to identify potential synergies globally, and specifically target practical application in Europe.

Maureen Doyle-Scharff (Pfizer)
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Session 7: Question Time

An open panel Q&A which delved deeper into the issues the delegates wanted to cover with a distinguished panel of experts.

Chair: Robin Stevenson (JECME)
Janet Grant (Open University)
Anita Simonds (European Respiratory School)
Ian Starke (Royal College of Physicians)
Eva Thalmann (Janssen Cilag)

Session 8: CME unsession

This was an unscripted, unbriefed and unpreconceived session – making sure that no-one left the meeting room with any question still in their own minds. Lawrence opened up the discussion between delegates in the room to the outside world, demonstrating how social media can enhance the meeting experience, to help make it better.

Lawrence Sherman (Prova Education)

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