Continuing medical education (CME) is required for physician relicensing, recredentialing, and recertification, and physicians often depend on CME to learn about new tests and therapies. In 2011, 75% of accredited CME providers received support from commercial entities.1 Such commercial support for CME raises concerns about conflicts of interest (COIs) and bias. Conflicts of interest are situations that present an unacceptable risk of undue influence or bias. They are not tantamount to unethical, unprofessional, or illegal behavior.
Lo B, Ott C. What Is the Enemy in CME, Conflicts of Interest or Bias?. JAMA. 2013;310(10):1019–1020. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.221227