Joining the healthcare field requires a huge amount of study and commitment. But even once you're comfortably settled into your career, learning doesn't stop. Instead (as we all know!), you continue to advance your knowledge and understanding of the medical field through continued medical education, or CME.
Why are CME credits important?
The healthcare industry is one of constant change. As advancements arise, CME allows everyone within a healthcare organization learn about the latest ways to improve patient care while running their practice more efficiently. The requirements for CME are different based on your particular specialty. Wondering what the specific requirements are for your state? Check out this resource, which breaks it all down for you, state by state. Whatever your requirements, continuing medical education are important to allow you to:
- Develop and hone your patient care skills
- Stay abreast of the latest developments in your field
- Find ways to manage real-world challenges
- Improve your career path and status
- Stay compliant with licensing requirements
- Develop internal management skills
Where to look for continuing medical education courses
Here are some of the top sites for finding CME credits in your area:
1. The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education is a nonprofit corporation responsible for accrediting institutions that offer CME training to healthcare professionals across the medical field.
2. The American Medical Association (AMA) is a well-known organization accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
3. Harvard Medical School’s Department of Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians of all specialties.
4. The Stanford University School of Medicine CME program promotes continuous improvement in healthcare services by providing physicians and medical professionals with educational courses focusing on the advancement of medicine, medical technology, research, and changes in the patient-care environment.
5. MyCME is the online hub for digital CME and CE courses developed by Haymarket Medical Education.
6. Formerly American Health Consultants, AHC Media offers continuing medical education courses to healthcare professionals primarily in clinical medicine, health care, and hospital management and emergency medicine.
7. Medscape is a part of the WebMD Health Professional Network that offers health professionals the most current and cohesive medical information and educational tools. Medscape offers credit to physicians, registered nurses, and pharmacists in over thirty specialties.
8. The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internal medicine that applies scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis and treatment, and helps to teach physicians better bedside manner and compassion for patients. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States.
On-going education is critical to the success of our industry. We are passionate about education here at Solutionreach. If you are a current customer of Solutionreach, I highly recommend that you go check out SR University, where you can become certified on all things related to patient relationship management. While these course are not all CME credits (yet!), you can still develop your abilities and expand your knowledge through our free classes. These classes are found within the SR Community. Go check them out!