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Online CME coming of age?

While I was away on vacation, my co-blogger Anne Taylor-Vaisey has dug up a bunch of good articles to peruse. Forgive the data dump, but I'm going to try to play catch up and post as many of them as I can over the next few days. Lots of interesting things were going on while I was out sailing in the Caribbean. Here's one of them:

This article will be published in a future issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. It is now available from the publisher site.

Zeiger RF. Toward continuous medical education. J Gen Intern Med 2005;20. [online publication date: December 27 2004; 4 pages, 27 references; PDF available]

Abstract: While traditional continuing medical education (CME) courses increase participants' knowledge, they have minimal impact on the more relevant end points of physician behavior and patient outcomes. The interactive potential of online CME and its flexibility in time and place offer potential improvements over traditional CME. However, more emphasis should be placed on continuing education that occurs when clinicians search for answers to questions that arise in clinical practice, instead of that which occurs at an arbitrary time designated for CME. The use of learning portfolios and informationists can be integrated with self-directed CME to help foster a culture of lifelong learning.

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