Becoming a physician, nurse or other health care specialist requires many years of education, but the learning doesn’t stop once a license and board certification have been earned. Learning continues by way of continued medical education, or CME. Private practices know that continuing medical education plays a critical role improving patient outcomes, reducing healthcare costs and enhancing the overall quality and efficiency.
The primary purpose of continuing medical education is to maintain and improve clinical performance so it is important that practices make this available to physicians and nurses. If it is possible to plan CME activities for your staff then you should do so. CME credits are required for most healthcare professionals and allocating money to these events is important. Look into whether or not you could host an even in-house or offsite event. Your employees will appreciate this because they won’t have to search for CME lectures that fit into their already busy schedule. Employees who are up-to-date on evidence-based practices and the latest clinical developments lead to better patient outcomes and compliance.
When a nurse or physician join your practice it is important to setup a timeline for CME activities throughout the year. Whether you financially reimburse employees for CME credits or give them days to attend courses (separate from vacation and sick days) it must be discussed at the beginning or their employment. When, where and how the medical staff obtains their credits should be just as important to you as it is to them.