Online CME is in | Are live meetings out?

Online CME is in | Are live meetings out?

Clinicians are moving towards online CME as their preferred method of learning according to a survey of 801 clinicians conducted by Elsevier’s Office of Continuing Medical Education (EOCME), AcademicCME, and ArcheMedX. Survey data presented this week at CBI’s 11th Annual Independent Medical Education and Grants Conference demonstrates increased demand for online CME and virtual courses as clinicians reduce their dependence on traditional live medical meetings.

Survey Methodology

– The EOCME conducted a mixed-methods survey deployed in July 2013 to over 10,000 physicians where 801 responded during a period of two months.

The 2013 Survey of Healthcare Professionals Continuing Education Preferences revealed that 97% of surveyed clinicians will increase or maintain their use of online CME and 40% expect a significant decrease in their live meeting attendance in the coming year. “Clinician confidence in the effectiveness of online education is now almost identical to that of live meetings,” said Dr. Brian S. McGowan, Co-Founder and Chief Learning OFficer of ArcheMedX.

Why Online CME?


Online CME can be accessed anywhere with internet connection and usually with any mobile device allowing busy clinicians to avoid the hassles and costs of traveling to meetings.Online CME The convenience of web-based CME is not the only reason that its gaining traction among clinicians though. The survey also revealed that physicians see online CME activities to be more effective than broad guideline dissemination efforts, patient education tools, and existing practice support tools.

A survey conducted in 2012 by ON24 and MedData Group found that 84% of physicians would prefer attending CME events online. “The results of the survey point to wider adoption and more meaningful use of online training anytime, anywhere,” said Bill Reinstein, president and CEO of MedData Group. 74% of the 971 physicians surveyed owned or planned to buy an Apple iPad within six months.

Virtual Patient Simulation


There are many different types of online CME activities, but none of them offer the level of engagement that a user encounters with simulation. Simulation technology achieves a complex, meaningful interactivity, allowing a user to construct and test hypotheses and receive feedback in response to their actions in a risk-free, persistent environment.

TheraSim’s CME resource contains a list of free CME virtual patient simulations that span 13 specialties. Most recently, TheraSim released a diabetes education program. This simulation activity is intended for primary care physicians, endocrinologists, diabetologists, and allied healthcare professionals who treat patients with Type 2 Diabetes.

The convenience and effectiveness of web-based education will continue to attract more and more clinicians. Live meetings are still effective but fewer clinicians are seeking out these opportunities. Lectures and Powerpoints do not come close to providing the same level of engagement as a virtual patient simulation.

Don’t take our word for it though, try out a simulation now.