By Arthur Czuma at TheHeart.org:
Medicine is a field that’s constantly updated with new discoveries and revisions of best practices. It’s critical for physicians to stay abreast of new medical technologies and current trends in the field of medicine and science. There are several ways medical doctors can educate themselves once their residency or fellowship training is complete. In fact, many states require that doctors obtain a certain number of continuing medical education credits annually. These requirements vary widely by state. Physicians employed by hospitals and affiliated with hospital or professional organizations may also find themselves facing additional continuing education requirements.
There are a variety of ways that physicians may choose to update their knowledge base. The Internet has made access to new and fresh information and <a href=”http://www.theheart.org/condition/clinical-cardiology/section/cme-programs.do”>training courses</a> easier than ever for doctors eager to keep their medical knowledge and skills updated. Some of the most popular options for continuing education include the following:
1. Medical Journals
There are a large selection of medical journals published that contain cutting edge and peer-reviewed studies and articles related to the medical field. Some journals relate to general medicine while others focus on specialty areas. Members of medical professional associations are commonly offered discounted subscriptions to these publications. Many journals offer online subscriptions that extend the benefit of archived articles and studies in databases that are easily searchable.
There are several websites that cater to practicing physicians with links to medical sites, support groups, medical quotes, and medical-related humor. There are also sites that offer doctors opportunities for professional networking. Websites targeted at practicing physicians are a great resource for post-education learning as well as coping with the realities of the profession.
Hospitals, clinics, professional medical organizations, and pharmaceutical companies commonly host seminars that feature speakers who are able to educate doctors on a vast amount of topics. Continuing medical credits are sometimes offered to those attending these seminars. These events offer excellent networking opportunities as well as information frequently based on personal experiences.
4. Webinars and Podcasts
These high-tech continuing education avenues are great options for M.D.’s who don’t want to take time out of their schedules to travel. Webinars and podcasts are delivered via the Internet and so doctors have the opportunity to learn from professionals and experts from all over the world. This media is highly transportable via cell phones, PDA’s, and Ipods so physicians can learn while on the go.
5. Online CME Providers
There are several companies online that specialize in offering continuing education credits to professionals. A simple Google search of CME will yield many possibilities for physicians seeking online opportunities. It’s wise to verify the credentials of these companies to ensure that the CME’s will be recognized if they are being pursued for renewal of licensures. The most recognized professional organizations for medical doctors also offer CME opportunities. The American Medical Association (AMA) is one such example.
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