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May 2, 2017

Financial Conflicts of Interest in Continuing Medical Education: Implications and Accountability

Author Affiliations
  • 1Continuing Education and Industry Relationships, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2017;317(17):1741-1742. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.2981

In this era of major scientific advances and evolving models of care delivery and payment, physicians and other health care professionals struggle to remain current. Accredited continuing medical education (CME) activities are a key resource for providing credible and accessible information. However, serious concerns have been raised about the effectiveness of CME, from the perspectives of educational design as well as potential influence from commercial and other interests. As the profession of medicine strives to simultaneously balance the accessibility, cost, and quality of care, it is critical for CME activities to be focused on the best interests of patients and society rather than on constituencies whose priorities may be in conflict with the public good.