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Congress 2004: Will CME Change Direction in U.S.?
Dennis K. Wentz

CME in the U.S. may follow in the footsteps of changes in the UK, moving from counting credit hours to measuring competence. That's what 600 CME professionals, including over 130 from outside North America, heard at the 2004 Congress on CME in Toronto in May. Bruce Spivey of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies; Bruce Bellande, chief executive of the Alliance for CME; and Marcia Jackson of the American College of Cardiology, spoke for a team representing 15 U.S. organizations. The group proposes "re-positioning" CME to be evidence based and to measure learning and behavioral change.

In a session on global CME trends, hosted by Lew Miller and Dennis Wentz, Edwin Borman analyzed the internal vs. external forces that have pushed CME/CPD toward a new system of revalidation in the UK, and Yves Matillon described the conclusions of a National Task Force that studied how competence of health care professionals is assessed in France and will have major consequences there for CME.

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