The Sixth Annual European CME Forum

past6Everything you need to know about the sixth Annual Meeting of the European CME Forum is here.

More than 100 participants gathered at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel & Conference Centre in London 14-15 November 2013, 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.

All feedback is welcome. I look forward to hearing from you.

Eugene Pozniak, Managing Director of Siyemi Learning
and Programme Director, European CME Forum
Email: epozniak@siyemi.org

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Outline programme

Meeting Opening

Introduction and overview of the objectives of the meeting.

Eugene Pozniak (European CME Forum)
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Session 1: Good CME in practice

As the next step following the publication last year of its “Core Principles” in the manuscript “Setting standard in Europe: guiding principles for medical education“, the Good CME Practice group is developing a “CME Toolkit” to help guide providers through the plethora of rules and expectations associated with developing and presenting CME-accredited activities. From direct advice on how to address all the points the CME accreditation bodies require, to navigating copyright fees for CME programmes. This interactive workshop covered many of the challenges that European providers face not just for CME compliance, but also from the regulatory and legal perspectives of the other parties involved.

Led by members of the Good CME Practice Group
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Session 2: Providing for the profession

How does the profession provide CME to their membership? Is the annual congress enough “education” to keep specialists up-to-date with latest developments? How are their educational offerings changing? CME is now an expectation of most professional organisations across Europe, we heard from a number of key specialist scientific societies on how they are addressing this evolving challenge.

Chair: Robin Stevenson (JECME)

Martin Balzan (EBAP, Medical Association of Malta)
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Wolfgang Grisold (World Federation of Neurology)
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Susanna Price (European Society of Cardiology)
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Session 3: eCME: a SWOT analysis

Following the hugely popular session last year, we dedicated significant time to explore eCME further, with specific examples of best practice in online accredited learning in Europe. e-learning is not an easy medium to be successful in, and the expectation of the learners is very high. Gordon McVie led a faculty of e-learning practitioners showing us examples from Europe.

Chair: Gordon McVie (European Institute of Oncology)
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Joerg Ansorg (Professional Board of German Surgeons)
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Peter Henning (Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences)
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Elgin Lichtenauer-Kaligis (European Association of Urology)
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Session 4: Industry, clinicians and CME: how well do transparency rules demystify the relationships?

Industry is becoming a more important consideration in European CME. The majority are completely compliant with European regulations, most are supporting CME completely “transparently”, many are learning from their US colleagues and the recent changes there. But what does “transparent” look like? Where does bias occur? What are their expectations and concerns? Eva Thalmann led a panel discussion to explore these topics and open dialogue with guests from the floor.

Chair: Eva Thalmann (Janssen Cilag)
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Edwin Borman (UEMS-EACCME)

Anne Erwin (EFPIA)
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Veronique Moy (Merck Serono)

Jean-Jacques Murama (Lilly)
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Carin Smand (European Hematology Association)

Session 5: In conversation with Murray Kopelow

We listened in as Murray Kopelow (ACCME) conversed with key leaders in CME, discussing and exploring the topics that effect the future of CME in Europe.

Edwin Borman (UEMS-EACCME)

Craig Campbell (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada)

Maureen Doyle Scharff (Pfizer)

Session 6: Accreditation in focus

CME as a concept is taking hold in Europe, but there is much discussion as the rules of accreditation are worked through. How does it happen? What do the authorities want to see and how does it all work? We invited a panel of leaders from CME accreditation bodies to discuss the lessons learned so far and where they see the future movement of accreditation in Europe.

Edwin Borman (UEMS-EACCME)
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Reinhard Griebenow (European Cardiology Section Foundation)
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Dimitris Loukopoulos (European Hematology Association – CME Unit)
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Lunch with the learners: A selected panel of doctors as learners joined us over lunch to answer questions from the audience, told us what they think of CME provision and what they would like to see more of, and less of!

Led by Lawrence Sherman (Prova Education)

Session 7: CME quality and compliance challenge

Even with practical advice and an interactive workshop, what better way to put lessons into practice than actually pitching for the funding?! For this session we invited delegates to act as providers to pit their wit against a panel of “CME investors” ├É 5 experts from across the spectrum – a CME accreditation body, an education expert, an experienced Scientific Director/Chair, a learner and a pharmaceutical company supporter. These “dragons” were able to guide and critique the presenters, assessing how well each project met their specific needs and regulations, with help from the audience.

The rules were simple: the programme presented that could successfully bring together a high quality faculty, interest an audience while addressing their educational needs, be educationally well executed, be attractive to a supporter from industry – AND be compliant under CME accreditation rules, regulatory and legal requirements – would win!

On the day everyone agreed the exercise was far tougher than predicted and all presenters were judged to deserve their prize of a bottle of champagne each!

Expert panel: Maria Grazia Cali (Merck Serono), Reinhard Griebenow (European Society of Cardiology), Krzysztof Jakubowski (General Practitioner, Weybridge), Peter Mills (The Royal London Hospital), Jonas Nordquist (Karolinska Institutet)

Presenters: Luc Van Ruysevelt (Issecam), Celine Carrera (European Society of Cardiology), Richard Evans (Independent), Sophie Wilson (IMP)

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.

Led by Lawrence Sherman (Prova Education)

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