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Medical News & Perspectives
February 24, 2010

IOM: Improve Clinician CME System

JAMA. 2010;303(8):716. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.160

A new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report calls upon healthcare professionals to create a public-private institute to oversee the development of a new science-based multidisciplinary system of continuing education.

The Josiah Macy, Jr, Foundation commissioned the IOM to assess the possibility of creating a national interprofessional institute dedicated to improving continuing education for clinicians. Such an institute had been proposed at a 2007 conference hosted by the foundation. An IOM committee conducted an extensive review of the existing system of continuing education, assessed various alternatives for improvement, and ultimately recommended the creation of an institute that would bring together public and private interests to revamp continuing clinician education. The committee's report is available online (http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2009/Redesigning-Continuing-Education-in-the-Health-Professions.aspx).

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