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Changing Continuing Medical Education

Ronald M. Cervero, PhD1
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1University of Georgia, Athens
JAMA. 2015;314(10):1072. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.10217.
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To the Editor In his Viewpoint on reforming the continuing medical education (CME) system, Dr Nissen1 suggested that the scientific foundation for declaring CME as being effective is anything but solid. He stated that “Some scientific research has focused on determining whether CME is effective at improving physician performance, but these studies have not been particularly rigorous.”

However, there have been numerous systematic reviews and interpretations of this evidence,2 including in the original report,3 showing that well-designed CME can and does meaningfully improve physician performance and patient outcomes.


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September 8, 2015
Steven E. Nissen, MD
1Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
JAMA. 2015;314(10):1074. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.10226.
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The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
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