The Second Annual European CME Forum
Everything you need to know about the Second Annual European CME Forum is here.
More than 120 participants gathered at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel & Conference Centre in Kensington to discuss the current status of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for healthcare professionals across Europe and the important role of all the stakeholders involved. Scroll down to view the videos and presentations.
Thursday 18th – Friday 19th November 2009
Session 1: Assessing educational needs and setting learning objectives.
The opening session of the European CME Forum examined the how to lay the appropriate foundations in developing an educational activity, specifically how to assess the needs of learners and the importance of setting appropriate learning objectives, from which the educational programme development should take its lead.
Thomas Kellner (Leader, CME Strategy and Alliances, MSD)
Sue Guthrie (Scientific Director, The Oxford Academy for Professional Health Education) [Download presentation]
Hervé Maisonneuve (Associate Professor of Public Health, Université Paris-Sud 11, France) [Download presentation]
Peter Posel (CEO, QUAIME, Switzerland) [Download presentation]
Sara Schroter (Senior Researcher, BMJ) [Download abstract]
Session 2: CME plugged in
CME-accredited e-learning is becoming of increasing importance in European CME, this session looked at what constitutes best practice online, unravelling the techno-speak that the area has brought to the field of medical education, it examined the different types of technological solutions that are available and gave pointers to what to look out for and how to implement best practice online. Online learning also brings additional challenges, from the accreditation process, to the different types of outcomes that can be expected as well as the array of things that can be measured.
Session 3: CME unplugged
A session that examined what actually matters in European CME, where specialists introduced a series of international examples for consideration and CME “hot topics” as case vignettes for panel discussion. The audience were invited to participate and guide the discussion to cover the points they thought were critically important.
Alfonso Negri (Technical-Scientific Secretary, Italian Federation of Scientific Medical Societies) [Download presentation]
Saurabh Jain (Director CME Solutions, Indegene, India)
Lisa Sullivan (Managing Director, In Vivo Communications, Singapore)
Vladimir Finsterle (CEO, Pears Health Cyber, Czech Republic)
Session 4: Quality standards and controls
The second day began with a look at quality standards in CME, how they are set, controlled and maintained. A Pro-Con session examined and analysed the individual issues in the context when considering a provider-led accreditation systems versus one that is event-led.
Robin Stevenson (EBAP)
Bernard Maillet (Secretary General, UEMS-EACCME) [Download presentation]
Archie Prentice (Chairman, CME Committee, European Haematology Association)
Maureen Doyle-Scharff (Senior Director, Medical Education Group, Pfizer)
Thomas Kleinoeder (Chief Medical Officer, KWHC, Germany)
Session 5: Measuring outcomes in CME
Much is discussed about the desired outcome of an educational activity, but how can it be measured? Does it matter? And how can the patient benefit from CME at the end of the day? The delegates were guided through the techniques and concepts that can be employed to demonstrate and measure uptake of knowledge. Delegates participated in a workshop specially devised for this meeting by the University of Toronto, taken from their new qualification for CME professionals, to help delegates understand the principles involved.
Wolfgand Grisold (Chairman, UEMS Neurology Board and Section) [Download presentation]
Abi Sriharan (Director, International Continuing Health Education Collaborative, University of Toronto) [Download presentation]
Alexandre Bisdorff (President Elect, UEMS European Board of Neurology) [Download presentation]
Session 6: Learner and Industry relationships with UK and European CME/CPD
There are many changes afoot in UK and European CME/CPD systems as more learners engage with CME, and with its growth comes the issue of financing programmes. Whether employers or doctors pay for their own CME/CPD, or industry helps with financial assistance, there is a need for clear systems to be put in place, as well as appropriate relationships and full transparency where commercial interests are involved. This session looked into latest developments, when it comes to the learner’s interaction with CME and how closely industry is and should be involved in CME-CPD. Attention was given to the recently formalised Revalidation system for doctors in the UK and the suggested changes by the ABPI in how the pharmaceutical industry interacts with CME/CPD in order to ensure transparency and higher quality when supporting CME/CPD programmes. This discussion was then expanded to encompass other European countries.
Ian Starke (Director of CPD, Royal Colleges of Physicians) [Download presentation]
Andrew Powrie-Smith (Director, ABPI Scotland)
Bernard Maillet (Secretary General, UEMS-EACCME)
Thomas Kellner (Leader, CME Strategy and Alliances, MSD)
Session 7: The CME Unsession
The final session of the meeting was one with no agenda, and where the audience made up the discussion panel. Lawrence Sherman (SVP Educational Strategy, Prova Education) used this open session to review key learning points from the two days and elucidate any questions that remained unanswered. The audience had the opportunity to delve deeper into select topics and make sure that they left the meeting having all the questions they came with answered.