The continuing medical education community needs to demonstrate a united voice in the face of widespread criticism.

The CME community could learn a lot from the meetings industry. Caught up in the recent media spotlight on corporate excesses, meetings have been labeled as junkets and boondoggles. To fight back against the barrage of public criticism and impending federal regulation, a group of meetings industry and business travel associations formed a coalition to educate lawmakers about the industry's economic importance, created an online public relations tool kit to galvanize meeting

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