CME – The Importance of Rigorous Continuing Medical Education

CME or Continuing Medical Education is a way for those in the medical field to continue their education and maintain, if not exceed, their competencies as a professional. Also, CME aims to keep medical professional up-to-date with latest developments and upcoming technologies in their specific fields. Activities under CME widely vary – from written publications to online discussion. The content of all the programs and activities conducted for the sake of CME are developed and reviewed by faculty members who are masters in their clinical areas. Generally speaking, the content of CME is a body of skills and knowledge recognized and accepted by professionals as necessary to improve health care delivery to the public.

Needless to say, CME is extremely important to you, if you want – as a medical professional – to continually provide good quality care to your patients. If there is one known fact by human beings, it is that “change is inevitable.” Medications that were believed to be effective before may no longer work today; in the same way that illnesses that were incurable before may easily be remedied with an aspirin. Continuous and rigorous CME will make sure that you are not left out in this ever-changing world of medicine.

If you think that only physicians are required to take CME, you are sadly mistaken and misinformed. Everyone in the medical field – from the physicians to nurses – is encouraged to undergo CME. Bear in mind that patients are cared for by a team of health care professionals; a “team” and not a single physician. No one in the medical field can stand on his or her own. For the team to work as a well-oiled machine, each member must be up to date on all the advances in his or her profession.

There are a lot of sources for CME. This can come as a managerial course if you are to take on more managerial tasks; when a staff nurse becomes a head nurse, for example. CME can also be achieved in attending seminars or workshops discussing a new device that can cure or treat diseases. In fact, it can be as simple as reading published research in the most recent issue of a medical journal. The possibilities are limitless if you are open to learning new things.

Aside from the fact that you undeniably gain more knowledge and skills regarding your profession through continuing medical education, this is also necessary in the maintenance of your certification as a professional. It does not matter if you are a nurse, anesthesiologists, or a physical therapist, everyone will be required to meet specific standards in order to maintain his or her certification; and one of those requirements is CME.

I believe, however, that the most important benefit a professional can gain from CME is the increased confidence in ensuring patient’s welfare and safety. I know how many risks we, medical professionals, face every day. No matter how much we try to carry out our responsibilities as flawlessly as possible, there will be moments wherein we will be hindered by our human limitations. However, by staying on top of your CME requirements, you can decrease that risks substantially.

Some may complain that CME conferences, seminars, and papers eat up some of their free time, and some courses can be quite expensive; however, as a medical professional, it is our duty to stay up-to-date in order to ensure quality patient care in the 21st Century.

Health and Safety Training

OSHA (the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has been working in the field of health and occupational safety. It is helping different sectors with its health and safety training programs. Because of its training programs the incidents and injuries at workplace has on a decrease. The fatalities at the workplace have also decreased because of these programs. The numbers of the people taking part in these programs are increasing at a high rate with each year. Health and safety programs are targeted to different sectors and industry and people in these industries are embracing it for their own benefit.

There are so many different programs are available which are run by firms, trade associations, educational institutions, groups. These programs can be divided into fundamental programs, recognition program, problem solving programs, empowerment program etc. Fundamental programs are used for disseminating primary information for prevention of job related injury and problems. Recognition programs aim at helping the students recognize hazards and ways to get rid of them. Problem Solving programs aim at developing knowledge and skill to identify problems related to health and safety and to solve them. Empowerment programs aim at making the workers aware of their rights of injury free and safe workplaces.

Certificate in Principles of Safety, Advanced Safety Certificate etc. Occupational health and safety training programs are conducted by OSHA. It has its own education centers in different parts of the country. These programs offered, certified or recognized by OSHA are generally 10- and 30- hour voluntary programs. These programs are offered in instructor led classroom environment. These programs provide standardized education and training for the workforce. Interaction and reinforcement both helps in diffusing the training to the employees. Trainers conduct these programs. Presently there has been little change in the process of disseminating the training. Now in these programs a blend of online and instructor led training is used to improve the efficiency and to make them easily accessible by the employees in need. Different organizations provide health and safety training programs certified and approved by OSHA. There are active trainers by state who will help you in completing the training. You can contact OTI education center for training related inquiries.

After the training you receive a safety card issued to your name. 10- or 30- student completion card is issued after completion of the program. It takes three to four weeks to process a request for student course completion cards. Student course completion card does not expire. Trainer gets a trainer Id number. It is valid for four years.

To maintain the trainer status, you have to take update courses every four years

Training is disseminated through presentation without much interactivity. Students have to answer multiple choice questions. This is harmful for the main purpose of the training. Presenting the learning in real world scenario will help in more effective absorption of these training. Peer to peer exchange, sharing of knowledge and expertise of the workers and interaction with the trainer and among them will help in a better way. Environmental and occupational health and safety courses and programs are available to train the employees.

These programs are mostly instructor led, but there are some online education programs are also there provided by institutes and colleges. These health and safety programs also have templates which can be used for preparing a training manual fro any place and any company. In Ontario and in Alberta also workers of different industries and specially those who are exposed to more risks like miners, construction workers, medical workers etc are going for the health and safety programs.

For well-being and wellness of the workforce in the workplace these programs are needed. Teaching and coaching is provided to the workers on health and safety issues in the workplace. Guidance is also provided by the instructor and the workers who have experience of such condition.

Workers can work with full strength and stamina when they have the assurance of a wholesome safe workplace. The management has to protect them and provide them shelter for safety along with medical advice in case of any unwanted happening. Safety is a part of the workplace and atmosphere. To maintain health and safety a continuous process and efforts are needed. Training is not a one time event. It should be reinforced from time to time. Refresher training can help in this matter. These training programs can create a safety culture where each and everything related to health and safety are taken care of. The training and creation of a health and safety cultures can save lots of lives and money.