14th Annual European CME Forum

14th European CME Forum (#14ECF) – Virtual

The 14th Annual European CME Forum took place as a “studio hybrid” meeting using an interactive online meeting platform. A small number of faculty and planners met at a green screen studio, bringing in other participants remotely, and broadcast the meeting in high definition (HD).

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The 3-legged stool: Achieving balance for effective CME

Effective CME-CPD requires a stable relationship between three key factors, just as a three-legged stool requires all three legs to remain balanced. This year’s meeting examined the spectrum of control and influence in each “leg”:

  1. Rules and Regulations
  2. Educational Design and Outcomes
  3. Funding and Independence

If you attended the meeting, please participate

European CME Forum activities are for anyone with an interest in European and global CME-CPD. We attract the key stakeholders in European and global CME-CPD/IME, regulators, associations and providers across Europe, North America and the world. This meeting is designed to meet the needs of anyone involved in, or interested in, European and global CME.


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Outline programme

Wednesday 3rd – Friday 5th November 2021


The 3-legged stool: Achieving balance for effective CME


John Bacon (Johnson & Johnson), Jann Balmer (University of Virginia), Dean Beals (DKBMed), Pamela Beaton (Boehringer Ingelheim), Megan Becker (Gilead), Diana van Brakel (Kenes Group), Monica Ghidinelli (AO Foundation), Reinhard Griebenow (European Cardiology Section Foundation), Bernd Hagen (Central Institute for Statutory Healthcare in Germany), Dirk Helbing (ETH Zürich), Peter Henning (Karlsruhe University), Stephanie Herbstreit (University Clinic Essen), Eva Hofstädter-Thalmann (Janssen Cilag), Patricia Jassak (Astellas), Dean Jenkins (UCB), Onno Kaagman (MEDCON International), Steven Kawczak (Cleveland Clinic), Elizabeth Kelly (Eli Lilly), Thomas Kleinoeder (KWHC)Celeste Kolanko (Liberum IME)Alvaro Margolis (EviMed), Pamela Mason (AstraZeneca)Graham McMahon (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education – ACCME),  Ron Murray (Independent), Jean-Philippe Natali (Agence DPC, France), Eugene Pozniak (European CME Forum), Kate Regnier (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education – ACCME), John Ruggiero (Daiichi Sankyo), Jan Schultz (Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions – ACEhp), Lawrence Sherman (AMEE; Meducate Global), Loredana Simulescu (BioMed Alliance), Minal (Mini) Singh (University of Manchester Medical School)Michel Smith (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – RCPSC), Froukje Sosef (COR2ED), Robin Stevenson (Journal of European CME – JECME), Lisa Sullivan (In Vivo Academy), Annette Triebel (Gilead), Margarita Velcheva (Kenes Group; Good CME Practice group – gCMEp), David Vodušek (BioMed Alliance; European Academy of Neurology)Ina Weisshardt (LLH Concepts)Mark Westwood (Barts Health), Sophie Wilson (International Medical Press)


Day 0: Wednesday 3 November 2021

Two “Day 0” pre-meetings took place which were hosted by
International Pharmaceutical Alliance for CME (iPACME), led by Dean Jenkins, Eva Thalmann, Patricia Jassak and Elizabeth Kelly
Good CME Practice group (gCMEp), led by Diana van Brackel, Monica Ghidinelli, Froukje Sosef and Sophie Wilson


Day 1: Thursday 4 November 2021

Session 1

OPENING of the 14th Annual European CME Forum with Eugene Pozniak
What do you want to know? What should we know?
— a live needs assessment to ensure the meeting addresses the key topics the participants identify with the moderators in the studio. With Ron Murray, Eugene Pozniak, Lawrence Sherman and Robin Stevenson

JECME Special Collection 2021: Digitization of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Peter Henning and Reinhard Griebenow, the 2021 Guest Editors, lead a discussion with selected authors of papers accepted in JECME JECME Special Collection 2021: Digitization of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
with Emre Acaroglu, Bernd HagenSteven Kawczak, Graham McMahon and Loredana Simulescu

Regularly check the JECME journal page as articles from the Special Collection are published in November and December


Session 2

First Leg: Rules and Regulations

Plenary with a multidisciplinary panel reviewing the mandatory requirements that each of the stakeholder groups complies with or upholds, followed by a discussion about what is actually implemented and followed today. With John Bacon, Graham McMahon, Margarita Velcheva and David Vodušek, moderated by Lawrence Sherman

This is not a session exclusively dedicated to CME accreditation! We are looking at the “rules of the game” in CME that the various stakeholder groups have to work to — working within CME accreditation, regulatory and legal requirements, spending funding compliantly, engaging faculty, recruiting learners, use of exhibition space, recognition of CME credits across borders, the utility of the CME credit itself and what the certificate is actually used for.

Workshops (in parallel)

 – Diversity and inclusion — Patricia Jassak, Pamela Mason and Annette Triebel
 – The good, the bad, the ugly: How to create IME in Europe, Asia, Australia, the United States — Dean Beals, Celeste Kolanko and Lisa Sullivan
 – Artificial intelligence (AI): Then and now — led by Peter Henning and Dirk Helbing
 – The landscape of CME accreditation in Europe — Froukje Sosef, Monica Ghidinelli and other members of the Good CME Practice group (gCMEp)

Oral presentation

Substantive Equivalency: Now and tomorrow! International Academy of CPD Accreditation update — Kate Regnier and Michel Smith



Day 2: Friday 5 November 2021

Session 3

Second Leg: Educational Design and Outcomes
Plenary with a multidisciplinary panel reviewing the theories and examples of Best Practice that we should all be aspiring to, and a discussion as to how education is being implemented and how well our learners think we are achieving this today. With Dean Jenkins, Jean-Philippe Natali, John Ruggiero and Mark Westwood, moderated by Robin Stevenson

This is not a session exclusively about Don Moore’s Outcomes Framework! While this session will discuss some of the theory and best practices, we aim to cover how well this is done in real life, the challenges that each stakeholder group faces when trying to implement this – and try to uncover why we are so weak at it in Europe. Are accreditors guiding enough? Are providers competent enough? Are medical societies innovative enough? Are learners discerning enough?

Workshops (in parallel)

 – International collaboration in online continuing medical education  — Álvaro Margolis, Jann Balmer and Steven Kawczak
 – Digital literacy in our digital age — led by Reinhard Griebenow, Stephanie Herbstreit and Ina Weisshardt
 – Professional development of the healthcare CPD professionals — Jan Schultz
 – Impact measurement and outcomes — Elizabeth Kelly and Megan Becker

Oral presentation

Learnings from the forced transition of an industry supported educational program for young experts in urology and oncology from face-to-face to digital during the COVID-19 pandemic Ina Weisshardt and Eva Thalmann


Session 4

Third Leg: Funding and Independence
Plenary with a multidisciplinary panel looking at how CME-CPD is funded and to unpick the variable definition of “independence” — we also ask: is the quality of CME in Europe being improved by accreditation standards, or the requirements for funding, or the competitive environment for medical societies and professional education providers to attract learners? With Pamela Beaton, Elizabeth Kelly, Sophie Wilson and Michel Smith, moderated by Ron Murray

This is not a session dedicated to limiting drug company control of education! The session will look at all related areas to focus on the factors that have improved the quality of education in Europe, which includes drug company funding and control of the development of content, but also dives deeper into the relevance and what factors affect the amount and quality of education that is provided to learners.

A final review of the three-legged stool and the CME Unsession with Lawrence Sherman, Ron Murray, Eugene Pozniak and Robin Stevenson

What the future holds” — Panel discussion with Steven Kawczak, Graham McMahon, Minal Singh and Eva Thalmann, moderated by Lawrence Sherman

Meeting close with Eugene Pozniak



Amplifying educational effect size through micro-credentialing: Insights from the European Cardio-Oncology Symposium (ECOS) online certificate course
Anne Jacobson, Cara Macfarlane, Eugene Pozniak

Substantive Equivalency: Now and tomorrow! International Academy of CPD/CME Accreditation update
Michel Smith, Kate Regnier

A 5-year retrospective: Successes & challenges in developing a system of multiple support CME activities
Stefanie Volland, Brad Fundingsland

Assessing motivations and barriers to knowledge transfer and competence gain of young experts as future faculty members
Ina Weisshardt, Ivo Vlaev, Eva Hofstädter-Thalmann

Learnings from the forced transition of an industry supported educational program for young experts in urology and oncology from face-to-face to digital during the COVID-19 pandemic
Ina Weisshardt, Ivo Vlaev, Eva Hofstädter-Thalmann

Collaborating to create multi-modality and multi-lingual longitudinal educational activities: Bringing together synchronous and asynchronous educational strategies
Sharon Wolman, Csilla Myers, Steven Kawczak, Alvaro Margolis

Distributed learning in online Continuing Medical Education across the Americas
Sharon Wolman, Andrea M Zimmerman, Alvaro Margolis, Jann T Balmer 


Commercial support

This activity is supported by independent educational grants from Gilead and Pfizer


Continuing Medical Education

This activity was 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 9 (nine) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please contact the European CME Forum office for your certificate.

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