11th Annual European CME Forum

11ECF front cover11th European CME Forum (#11ECF) – London

CME as a Change Management Engine

In November 2018 over 120 people gathered at the The King’s Fund – “the think-tank of the NHS” in London for the 11th Annual European CME Forum. We had a mixture of plenary room presentations and discussions and the break-out workshops. At this meeting we focussed more on the outputs of the workshops for whole room discussions to ensure that all topics were covered.

All the information about the meeting is available on this page, including presentations, posters and the relevant support materials – the meeting report has now been published in JECME and can be accessed here.


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See below for downloadable presentations and posters.

Outline programme

Wednesday 7th – Friday 9th November 2018


The theme for #11ECF was “CME as a Change Management Engine”. It was presented with a blend of plenary sessions, panel discussions and workshops. The meeting followed three overall themes:
     CHANGE: Techniques and practicalities to promote change – educational design, planning, outcomes evaluation and incorporating education in the professional setting
     MANAGEMENT: Management of requirements, processes and frameworks to meet the needs of related groups to the CME process –  patients, learners, accreditors, industry, government, regulators, etc.
     ENGINE:  Tools and Mechanics. Putting new and innovative ideas and techniques into practice.


Jeanette Andersen (Lupus Europe), Fabiola de Andrade (European Board for Accreditation in Hematology – EBAH), Michel Ballieu (BioMed Alliance), Barbara Baasch Thomas (Mayo Clinic)Chris Bolwell (Imedex), Toby Borger (Springer Healthcare IME),  Celine Carrera (European Society of Cardiology), Cally Clarkson (Clinically Current), Anne Depaigne-Loth (French National Agency for CPD), Sarah Drumm (Irish Institute of Pharmacy), Chris Elmitt (Crystal Interactive), Reinhard Griebenow (European Cardiology Section Foundation – ECSF), Melania Istrate (European Society of Intensive Care Medicine – ESICM), Dean Jenkins (UCB), Thomas Kellner (UCB), Steven Kawczak (Cleveland Clinic; Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions – ACEhp),  Thomas Kleinoeder (KWHC), Celeste Kolanko (Liberum IME)Dale Kummerle (Bristol-Myers Squibb; GAME), Pam Mason (AstraZeneca)Don Moore (Vanderbilt University), Ron Murray (Independent), Carine Pannetier (European Respiratory Society), Andy Powrie-Smith (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations – EFPIA), Eugene Pozniak (European CME Forum), Venkat Reddy (University College Hospital, London), Kate Regnier (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education – ACCME), Niall Rundle (Taylor & Francis), Carolin Sehlbach (Maastricht University), Lawrence Sherman (AGILE), Frank Skopowski (MSD/Merck & Co.), Robin Stevenson (Journal of European CME – JECME), Lisa Sullivan (In Vivo Communications), Eva Thalmann (Janssen-Cilag)Diana van Brakel (Kenes), Margarita Velcheva (Kenes), Sophie Wilson (International Medical Press; Good CME Practice group – gCMEp).

Day 1: Wednesday 7 November 2018

 –  Pre-#11ECF “Day 0” meetings took place for participants from medical societies, industry (iPACME group) and providers (the Good CME Practice group). 

 –  Pre-conference orientation session: Time to get acquainted: #11ECF, outcomes, accreditation, industry, each other. Led by Chris Bolwell (Imedex) and Ron Murray (independent)  [Download presentation]

Opening of the 11th Annual European CME Forum
Eugene Pozniak (European CME Forum)  [Download presentation]

Ascent to the summit of the pyramid: a hands-on guide to implementing the outcomes framework
Led by Don Moore (Vanderbilt University) with Celine Carrera (European Society of Cardiology) and Melania Istrate (European Society of Intensive Care Medicine) [Download presentation Part 1,  Part 2]

CHANGE workshops:

–  Accreditation criteria as a roadmap: designing education that matters – Kate Regnier (Accreditation Council for CME — ACCME) [Download presentationhandout]
–  Medical societies and CME: objectives, challenges and aspirations to deliver quality education for the membership – led by Carine Pannetier (European Respiratory Society)
–  Professional Development of the Continuing Education ProfessionalSteven Kawczak (Cleveland Clinic; Alliance for Continuing Education for the Health Professions) [Download presentation]
–  CME as the appropriate engine for effective education that changes behaviourSophie Wilson (IMP; Good CME Practice group), Cally Clarkson (Clinically Current), Diana van Brackel (Kenes) [Download presentation]


Day 2: Thursday 8 November 2018

CHANGE reflection –  Plenary discussion of the outcomes of the Workshops

Oral presentations:

–  How do we recognise Continuing Education within a Continuing Professional Development system that is reflective and outcomes-focussed? A case study from Irish Pharmacy – Sarah Drumm (Irish Institute of Pharmacy) [Download presentation]
 Who am I to evaluate my doctor? – Carolin Sehlbach (Maastricht University)

MANAGEMENT workshops:

–  Can balanced CME truly be achieved without independence?Toby Borger (Springer Healthcare IME; Good CME Practice group), Thomas Kleinoeder (KWHC), Margarita Velcheva (Kenes) [Download presentation, handout]
–  Collaboration in lifelong learning: making it workDale Kummerle (Bristol Myers-Squibb; Global Alliance for Medical Education — GAME), Lisa Sullivan (inVivo Communications), Celine Carrera (European Society of Cardiology), Celeste Kolanko (Liberum IME) [Download presentation]
–  How influential is the patient voice in affecting clinical practice?Jeanette Anderson (Lupus Europe) [Download presentation]
–  Perspectives on international collaboration of accreditorsFabiola de Andrade (European Board of Accreditation in Hematology), Anne Depaigne-Loth (French National Agency for CPD), Reinhard Griebenow (European Cardiology Section Foundation), Kate Regnier (ACCME) [Download presentation. Support materials: Draft Position Paper on independence in CME, International Academy for CPD Accreditation Glossary, Disclosure of interest, Roles and responsibilities in the provision of accredited CME,  The future of accreditation of CME-CPD in Europe: harmonisation through dialogue and consensus]

Lunch with the Learners
Guided by Lawrence Sherman (AGILE) with Venkat Reddy (University College Hospital) 

MANAGEMENT reflection – Plenary discussion of the outcomes of the Workshops

ENGINE workshops:

–  Intersection of interest: educational needs and commercial supportPam Mason (AstraZeneca), Frank Skopowski (MSD/Merck Research Labs), Dale Kummerle (BMS) [Download presentation]
–  Putting effort into design and outcomes evaluation: what a waste of resource?  – Thomas Kellner (UCB), Eva Thalmann (Janssen-Cilag), Dean Jenkins (UCB) [Download presentation]
–  Why, how and where to publish in CME Niall Rundle (Taylor & Francis), Lawrence Sherman (AGILE), Robin Stevenson (Journal of European CME – JECME) [Download presentation]


Day 3: Friday 9 November 2018

Opening Day 3 of the 11th Annual European CME Forum

ENGINE reflection – Plenary discussion of the outcomes of the Workshops

Oral presentation:

Online learning: do physicians see this in their future? – Barbara Baasch Thomas (Mayo Clinic) [Download presentation]

The CME Unsession
Led by Lawrence Sherman (AGILE)

What does the future hold for CME in Europe?
Panel discussion led by Robin Stevenson (JECME) with Michel Ballieu (BioMed Alliance), Andy Powrie-Smith (EFPIA), Sophie Wilson (IMP, gCMEp)


Barbara L Baasch Thomas (Mayo Clinic) Online learning: do physicians see this in their future?
Dean Beals (DKBmed) Designing a successful Quality Improvement/CPD program – challenges, successes and pitfalls
Cally Clarkson (Clinically Current) Development of a CME outcomes-impact predictive tool
Jennifer Curran (Mayo Clinic) Adaptive learning: novel approaches in psychiatry board course review
Sarah Drumm (Irish Institute of Pharmacy) How do we recognise Continuing Education within a Continuing Professional Development system that is reflective and outcomes- focussed? A case study from Irish Pharmacy
Ann C Lichti (Physicians Education Resource) Amplifying the patient’s voice in CME: techniques to promote faculty and patient engagement
Katie Stringer Lucero (WebMd Global) EU Doctor’s learning preferences and implications for Continuing Professional Development

Alvaro Margolis (EviMed) An international multifaceted educational program about acute kidney injury across Latin America
Carolin Sehlbach (University of Maastricht) Who am I to evaluate my doctor? [final publication]
Jelena Spyropoulos (Medscape) Virtual patient simulation in Continuing Education: improving the use of guideline-directed care in VTE treatment
Audrie Tornow (Paradigm Medical Communications) Do you know JAK? A case study in CME gamification
Audrie Tornow (Paradigm Medical Communications) Telling their stories: incorporating the patient viewpoints in CME


A number of participants were interviewed by eCancer which can be viewed here (link goes to eCancer.org).

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The 11th Annual European CME Forum is planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Siyemi Learning and European CME Forum. Siyemi Learning is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Siyemi Learning designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Commercial support

This activity was supported by independent educational grants from Pfizer and BMS

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