Continuing Medical Education Professionals Must Embrace Transparency

The continuing medical education community fears transparency, but it is the one thing that will prove our worth and free us from unwarranted scrutiny.

“Change we can believe in.” That presidential campaign slogan might well have been the mantra for the CME enterprise — providers and regulators alike — over the past few years. And 2009 will require even more change to build belief in and support for certified CME.

From state and federal “sunshine” laws to media reports about institutions and physicians who fail to provide complete disclosure of financial conflicts, “transparency” is now a prerequisite for trust. Take the examp

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