Expert group meeting to review the guidelines and tools for continuing medical education
AbstractDescription: Continuing Medical Education (CME) is a process of continuous learning by which medical professionals keep themselves updated through acquisition of new knowledge, skills and attitudes to maintain professional competency, in-patient management, health services management including organizing teaching and their own professional development. Over the years, the scope of CME has broadened from mere clinical updates to a wide-ranging 'continuing professional development' that includes behaviour change, social and managerial skills and the multidisciplinary context of patient care. Designing quality CME and continuing professional development programmes appropriate to the needs of different categories of health and allied professionals will, however, remain a big challenge and would need to be addressed through national mechanisms. There is a need to develop comprehensive guidelines for countries in the Region on CME/CPD activities that would look into i) processes and operational mechanisms ii) identifying accreditation bodies for CME programmes and credit allocation and iii) identifying appropriate institutes in developing and conducting need-based CME/CPD programmes. The guidelines, after adaptation, should help countries in the South-East Asia Region in strengthening their CME/CPD activities.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2010). Expert group meeting to review the guidelines and tools for continuing medical education. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205038