Continuing Medical Education

Friday, January 01, 2010

Continuing medical education, or CME, plays an important role in keeping medical professionals current with changes in medicine. Dr. Edward Hill discusses CME in the 60 Second Housecall.

Medicine changes rapidly with new scientific information and technology. To keep up with these changes, doctors learn all throughout their professional lives. Studying and educational experiences do not end for doctors after medical school and residency training. This lifelong learning is called continuing medical education or CME.

In order to examine patients, prescribe treatments, or perform medical procedures or surgery, all medical doctors must have a current license to practice medicine. Almost all of the states in the United States include CME as a requirement for renewal of a doctors medical license.

Doctors find CME activities in several different ways: meetings, lectures, classes, workshops, video, audio and computer learning. Doctors can also participate in CME activities based on reading scientific journals or books.

Newer techniques using computers, including online courses, may improve learning because they can be used at any time, can provide feedback right away, and can be geared for each doctors own interests and needs.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.