There are many different ways advanced healthcare providers can earn continuing medical education credits to maintain, develop and improve their knowledge, skills and performance in the field. A variety of CME types provides engaging educational opportunities for all types of learners.
Let’s explore the different types of CME activities available to advanced medical professionals!
Regularly Scheduled Series
Regularly scheduled CME series include department-based educational activities or sessions that occur on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or quarterly basis. The healthcare provider’s staff plans and presents them. Some examples of regularly scheduled series include rounds, tumor boards, and morbidity and mortality conferences.
Live CME activities take place in real-time and offer learners the opportunity to interact with other healthcare professionals and faculty. The live event is scheduled by a CME company and may take place in-person or remotely. Live CME may take place in the form of a conference or seminar, lecture series, workshop or webinar.
Enduring materials are independent, self-study learning materials that allow healthcare providers to complete CME credits conveniently, on their own time. Enduring materials may include printed, electronic or audiovisual media. Many CME companies offer newsletters, monographs, videos, podcasts, and journal-based CME activities to help healthcare professionals fit CME into their busy schedules.
Performance Improvement Activities
Performance improvement, or professional enrichment, activities allow medical providers to claim credit for partaking in other medical education experiences and activities. Professional enrichment activities include independent exam preparation and informal self-learning activities, such as a clinical professional club.
These activities are designed to help providers improve targeted aspects of their practice through a 3-stage, evidence-based program. Individuals or groups of medical professionals first assess their current practice using identified performance measures. In the next stage, they learn about new specific performance measures and apply them over an interval of time. In the last stage, participants re-evaluate and reflect on their performance in the second stage, comparing their assessment in the first stage.
Speaker credit, or “Learning from Teaching,” gives advanced healthcare professionals the opportunity to earn CME credit for speaker preparation. The credit is to recognize the learning that occurs as the provider prepares to teach, not simply for presenting the information.