Jane Mbithe Jeremiah
Jane Mbithe Jeremiah

What is continuing medical education (CME)? CME is a specific form of continuing education that helps those in the medical field to maintain competence and learn about new developing areas of their field.

This activities can either be:

  • Live events
  • Video
  • Written publications
  • Audio
  • Online programs

Content for these programs is developed, reviewed and delivered by faculty who are experts in their individual clinical areas – similar to the process used in academic journals.

CME is not a new concept, in 1950 to 1980 it was increasingly funded by the pharmaceutical industry and health practitioners continued their learning by meeting with their peers.

On June, 2018, a survey was conducted under chairmanship of Dr. Macharia Waruingi –  the Chairman membership committee KMA Nairobi division, Media outreach committee KMA Nairobi division and Medical camps committee KMA Nairobi division.

On the survey question 3 we had asked you;

‘’As a division we suggest the following ideas, What is your honest opinion about them? How do you think we can best implement each?’’

 These were your responses on the topic CME.

  • Increase the number of CME seminars
  • Offer webinars (these are seminars conducted over the internet).
  • Offer CME event at different parts of the country for ease of access.
  • Circulate CME topics to all doctors beyond KMA division membership.
  • Apart from emailing, also call doctors to remind them about CME.
  • Ensure easy access to CME venue.
  • Currently we tend to see CMEs aligned to particular specialties.
  • Ensure every major discipline and specialty is organized by the lead specialist and regularly link up with academic and research institutions to propel the CMEs.

And as we have found out, there have been numerous systematic reviews and interpretations of this evidence since early times but we may agree that:

  • Well designed CME can and does meaningfully improve physician performance and patient outcomes.
  • CME leads to greater improvement in physician performance and patient health if it is more interactive, uses more methods, involves multiple exposures and focuses on outcomes that are considered important by physicians.

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