Author Affiliations: Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire; and Veterans Affairs Outcomes Group,
White River Junction, Vermont.
Continuing medical education (CME) is a multibillion-dollar industry. In 2006, the CME providers accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) had a total income of $2.38 billion.1 In 1998, the income was $889 million, and most had come from the registration fees of participants or sponsoring organizations. Since 2003, however, most of the income for CME providers has come from industry.2
Steinbrook R. Financial Support of Continuing Medical Education. JAMA. 2008;299(9):1060-1062. doi:10.1001/jama.299.9.1060