The Ninth Annual European CME Forum

9ECF cover9th European CME Forum (#9ECF) – Amsterdam

Everything you need to know about the Ninth Annual European CME Forum is here.

Over 140 participants gathered at the Barbizon Palace Hotel in the centre of Amsterdam, 9-11 November 2016. We had a highly interactive meeting with lots of discussion and debate, both at the plenary sessions as well as the Forum Workshops. This page has all the information that was prepared and presented at the meeting. Just before the meeting in September 2016 Eugene was invited to give a presentation about European CME Forum and its journey so far, which can be seen here.

#9ECF was followed on Saturday 12 November by the “UEMS Conference on CME-CPD in Europe” (click here to see the UEMS proceedings).


Conference Report
Conference Report

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Twitter Stream
Twitter Stream

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Delegate Brochure
Delegate Brochure

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Conference Video

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Outline programme

Wednesday 9th – Friday 11th November 2016


Clarisse Aillet (MedTech Europe), Victoria Babbit (Taylor & Francis), Werner Bill (European Respiratory Society), Diana van Brackel (Kenes Education), Nele Caeyers (Lupus Europe), Craig Campbell (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada), George Chakhava (Georgian Association of Medical Specialties)Kathy Chappell (American Nurses Credentialing Center), Helena Filipe (International Council of Ophthalmology), Karl Golnik (International Council of Ophthalmology)Jennifer Gordon (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada),  João Grenho (UEMS-EACCME), Reinhard Griebenow (European Cardiology Section Foundation), Cynthia Grimes (WebMD Global/Medscape)Leonard Harvey (UEMS-EACCME)Thomas Kellner (UCB), Celeste Kolanko (PCM Scientific), Dale Kummerle (Bristol-Myers Squibb)Cees Leibbrandt (Past-Secretary General, UEMS), Alvaro Margolis (EviMed, Uruguay)Graham McMahon (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education – ACCME)Lew Miller (WentzMiller Global Services), Veronique Moy (Merck KGaA), Audrey Noble (European Parkinson’s Disease Association), Marc Noble (European Parkinson’s Disease Association), Jonas Nordquist (Karolinska Institutet)Vassilios Papalois (UEMS-EACCME), Nathalie Paulus (UEMS-EACCME), Marie-Claire Pickaert (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations – EFPIA)Kate Regnier (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education – ACCME)Lawrence Sherman (TOPEC Global), Julie Simper (International CME-CPD Consulting)Frank Skopowski (Merck/MSD), Vaibhav Srivastava (Insignia Communications India)Robin Stevenson (Journal of European CME), Lisa Sullivan (Global Alliance for Medical Education), Eva Thalmann (Janssen)Jacqui Thornton (Independent moderator), Diana van Brackel (Kenes Education), Dennis Wentz (Past-Director CPPD at American Medical Association), Mark Westwood (St Bartholomew’s Hospital)Sophie Wilson (International Medical Press).

Day 1: Wednesday 9 November 2016

Pre-#9ECF Panel discussion “CME: where it all began” – Robin Stevenson chairs a discussion with Leonard Harvey, Cees Leibbrandt, Lew Miller and Dennis Wentz [Download presentation]

Opening of the 9th Annual European CME Forum – Eugene Pozniak [Download presentation]

Session 1: “High quality learning in CME-CPD: lost in translation?”  – led by Jonas Nordquist [Download presentation]

Session 2: “CME: current status, present challenges”  Jacqui Thornton moderates a discussion with Reinhard Griebenow, Frank Skopowski, Robin Stevenson and Sophie Wilson


Day 2: Thursday 10 November 2016

Introduction to Day 2 – Eugene Pozniak [Download presentation]

Session 3 Forum Workshops (see below)

Session 4 Forum Workshops (see below)

Session 5: “Our environment” – Jacqui Thornton moderates a discussion with Craig Campbell, George Chakhava, Helena Filipe and Eva Thalmann

Session 6 Forum Workshops (see below)


Day 3: Friday 11 November 2016

Introduction to Day 3: Publishing in CME – Robin Stevenson and Victoria Babbit

Session 7: “Novel educational approaches” – led by Mark Westwood with
Nele Caeyers
[Download presentation]
Clarisse Aillet 
[Download presentation]
Cyndi Grimes 
[Download presentation
Jennifer Gordon
[Download presentation]

Session 8: “What the future holds” – Jacqui Thornton moderates a discussion with Graham McMahon, Vassilios Papalois and Marie-Claire Pickaert

Session 9: “The #9ECF Unsession” – led by Lawrence Sherman

Forum Workshops

This year we ran three tracks with delegates being able to choose any of the Forum Workshop they wanted.

3a. The 4 pillars of quality and effective CME in Europe today

After attending this Good CME Practice-led session, delegates will be able to:

  • List the 4 pillars of quality and effective CME in Europe
  • Identify gaps and areas of disparity between current practice and best practice in CME in Europe
  • Make the link between effectiveness, appropriate education, transparency and balance in designing and implementing CME programmes.

Take a look at these recent presentations that Celeste has given:  about Effective education  in CME and Commonalities and differences in CME across the globe.
Led by Diana van Brackel and Celeste Kolanko [Download presentation]


3b. Evaluating CME: how do we know if we’ve been effective?

After attending this session, delegates will be able to:

  • Identify barriers and opportunities within their current methods of evaluation – as it relates to determining the effectiveness of their education at promoting learning and change
  • Connect different methods of evaluation to intended outcomes.
  • Implement new, innovative methods of evaluation for their CME interventions.

Led by Kate Regnier (ACCME) [Download presentation]


3c. CME-CPD: in the hands of the medical professionals!  

This UEMS-EACCME-led workshop will explore the following topics:

  • The position and achievements of the UEMS in CME-CPD
  • The CME-CPD expectations of the professionals in the modern world
  • Valuable commercial support of CME-CPD vs unacceptable commercial influence
  • How to make CME-CPD work in everyday professional life
  • Our vision for the future

Vassilios Papalois [Download introduction and main presentation]
Joao Grenho
 [Download presentation]
Leonard Harvey
[Download presentation]
Nathalie Paulus
[Download presentation]


4a. Patient-centred outcomes based planning 

After attending this session, delegates will be able to:

  • Determine and formulate learning outcomes based on a gap assessment
  • Classify gaps into learning domains
  • Associate learning outcomes with areas of professional competencies
  • Choose educational formats dependent on the educational domain.

Led by Thomas Kellner and the European Parkinson’s Disease Association [Download presentation]


4c. Current medical engagement/educational activities in Europe – quality standards can be implemented for independent, collaborative and industry activities 

In Europe there are four key types of medical education and the degree of Industry involvement in each element varies:

  1. Independent Medical Education (CME/CPD)
  2. Company-driven, product-specific educational programmes
  3. Company-initiated professional development/medical disease education
  4. Collaborative partnerships.

Led by Frank Skopowski, Dale Kummerle, Veronique Moy,  Marie-Claire Pickaert, Eva Thalmann and members of the International Pharmaceutical Alliance for CME [Download presentation]


6a. Compliance: 50 shades of grey 

After attending this session, led by members of the Good CME Practice group, delegates will be able to:

  • Discuss what “compliance” means for those offering CME/CPD
  • Review the gCMEp guiding principles behind the changing medical education environment
  • Differentiate compliance in regards to CME/CPD accreditation criteria and industry codes
  • Navigate challenges related to the complexities, variability, and changed encountered in international CME/CPD.

Led by Julie Simper and Sophie Wilson [Download presentation]


6b. Designing Effective Interprofessional Continuing Education for Impact 

After attending this session, delegates will be able to:

  • Analyse a problem in practice using an outcomes model framework
  • Develop interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) activities designed to improve interprofessional collaborative practice and patient/system outcomes
  • Identify measures of team performance and patient/system.

Led by Kathy Chappell, Helena Filipe, Lawrence Sherman and Mark Westwood  [Download presentation]


6c. The global CME community: what works globally, what does not? 

After attending this GAME-led session, delegates will be able to:

  • Discuss challenges and trends for providers developing and deploying medical education, CME and CPD in regions outside US/Europe
  • Understand the shared values between US/European “rules” and those in other regions
  • Recognise lessons learned from each other when collaborating across regions.

Led by Lisa Sullivan [Download presentation], Vaibhav Srivastava [Download presentation], Alvaro Margolis [View presentation (video file)]


Specialty Seminars (Friday afternoon)

#9ECF finished lunchtime on Friday and with so many CME professional and supporters gathering in Amsterdam we also presented a series of Specialty Seminars during the afternoon (14.00-17.30) – one for each specialty group. Registered delegates from either #9ECF or the UEMS conference were able to attend, thus allowing the various groups the opportunity to review and discuss their common goals and challenges straight after #9ECF.
Accreditors – led by International Academy for CPD Accreditation (IACPDA) – for volunteers and staff at national and international accreditation bodies, including UEMS-EACCME, ESABs and National Accreditation Authorities
Specialty Societies – led by Journal of European CME (JECME) – for volunteers and staff at national, regional and international medical societies and associations
Industry – led by International Pharmaceutical Alliance for CME (iPACME) – for employees of pharmaceutical, biotech and medtech companies
Providers and educators – led by the Good CME Practice group (gCMEp) – for anyone creating and managing programmes from CME providers to PCOs, publishers and agencies interested in CME – including education advisors and consultants.


This activity 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.



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