The Fourth Annual European CME Forum

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A lively audience gathered at the NH Barbizon Palace Hotel in Amsterdam, 10-11 November 2011, 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 best essay writer stakeholders involved.

 

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Outline programme

Thursday 10th – Friday 11th November 2011

Final programme

Session 1: Approaching an educational activity

Jonas guided us through some key educational principles, using this meeting as an example. He helped identify our own educational needs and guided us as to how to get the most from the two days.

Jonas Nordquist, Director, Medical Case Centre, Karolinska Institute
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Session 2: The four core principles of good CME practice

The Good CME Practice Group has completed their consultation process and have finalised their practical guidelines on how education providers should engage in CME. The four core principles address questions such as:

  • What does an appropriate educational activity look like?
  • How can one ensure that it is balanced?
  • How does one achieve transparency in practice?
  • Can educational programmes be shown to be effective?

Chair: Jacqui Thornton, Independent healthcare consultant
Onno Kaagman, CEO & Managing Director, MEDCON International
Barbara Macelloni, Medical Education Director, IntraMed International
Alisa Pearlstone, Director of Medical Education, PCM Scientific
Madeleine Schaffer, CEO, EIMSED

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Session 3: [How] can CME change clinical practice?

Is it possible for a CME activity to effect a change on clinical practice? Can it indeed help doctors adhere to Guidelines? Is there a link? Is there a role for CME when it comes to looking at changing clinical practice? We heard from individuals who have been examining these questions in detail and assessed the role CME has to play.

Chair: Eamann Breatnach, Chair, Education Committee; Chair, EDiR Subcommittee, European Society of Radiology.

Miklos Udvardy, Chair CME Committee European Hematology Association
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Thomas Kellner, Managing Partner, AXDEV Europe
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Helmut Madersbacher, Chairman EU-ACME Committee
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Session 4: Aligning regulations for compliant CME

We are now entering a phase of CME development in Europe where there is an expectation that the pharmaceutical industry supports CME, even if their involvement is not as significant as in the US. But what should their role be? Should they be selecting the faculty, or driving the content development? Clearly not. But where are the rules to show them the way to support CME activities? The pharmaceutical industry is now needing to follow ever stricter transparency and Corporate Integrity rules, with some very stiff penalties in the event of non-compliance or breech. But who is guiding them when it comes to supporting CME in Europe? It is clearly a problem and this session examined how the different groups can work together for compliant CME – from all stakeholders.

Chair: Jacqui Thornton, Independent healthcare consultant

Edwin Borman, Chair, UEMS-EACCME CME Taskforce
Reference document: The Accreditation of Live Educational Events by the EACCME (Adopted by the UEMS Council on 7th October 2011)

Reinhard Griebenow, Chair, European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology – EBAC
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Brendan Barnes, EFPIA Director Health Policy & Corporate Responsibility
Eva Thalmann, EMEA External Scientific Relations Director, Johnson & Johnson

Session 5: Question Time

Robin chaired this highly popular session, leading a panel of experts to address questions from the floor.

Chair: Robin Stevenson, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of European CME; Immediate Past Chair, EBAP
Edwin Borman, Chair, UEMS-EACCME CME Taskforce
Jonas Nordquist, Director, Medical Case Centre, Karolinska Institute
Alisa Pearlstone, Director of Medical Education, PCM Scientific
Dirk Schrijvers, Educational Chair, European CanCer Organisation

Session 6: Born in the USA? Measuring the true value of CME

There is much discussion about best CME practices from the US and lessons that Europeans should be learning. But do you know what are they? What are the mistakes they have made that we should be listening to? Maureen and Laura presented a series of CME case studies from the US, highlighting practical lessons that we can learn for the European setting.

Maureen Doyle-Scharff, Senior Director, Team Lead, Medical Education Group, Pfizer
Laura Muttini, Associate Director, Professional Education and Patient Support, Abbott
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Session 7: Learning about learning

What is important when planning an educational activity? How is it possible to engage a group of learners already experts in their field? Jonas guided us through the relevant education principles that can be applied in practice in CME programming, how to identify what is important and what techniques work in reality.

Jonas Nordquist, Director, Medical Case Centre, Karolinska Institute

Session 8: CME unsession

The final session of the meeting is one with no agenda and where the audience made up the discussion panel.

Lawrence Sherman, SVP Educational Strategy, Prova Education

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