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E-CME Continues to Build Around the World
Wentz/Miller & Associates Global CME Newsletter

Three new reports stress the growing importance of online programs as one way for doctors to keep up. Data are still limited about the widespread use of such programs, but certainly in the U.S. the number of physicians taking CME credits is rapidly increasing.

In France, 5 medical educators from Nice and Marseilles have developed the J@LON Project (Join and Learn On the Net). In a presentation at the International Medical Informatics Association's annual meeting, they emphasized guided learning as opposed to passive learning. Their solution is to offer teachers and learners a Web-based authoring and publishing platform based on sound pedagogical principles.

In Dubai, UAE, a new portal has been launched that will reach physicians throughout the Middle East and Gulf regions. This is a collaborative effort among the Dubai Department of Health and Medical Services, the Institute for International Research and the American Academy of CME. Mohammed Al Mazourie of the UAE Ministry of Health sees this as a way to help UAE physicians meet the requirement of 12 CME hours per years to maintain their licenses. "No one has an excuse now for not earning enough credit hours," he said. (

And from Latin America, Dr. Pablo Pulido of the Pan American Federation of Medical Schools told an International e-Health Assocation conference in London that e-learning provides a powerful path to evidence based medical education. Nonetheless, he stressed the need to tailor content to the realities of each region. E-learning, delivered by medical schools and teaching hospitals, can help close the gap between societal expectations and perceived reality, he concluded.

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