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CMA's online CME courses earning high marks from users

The CMA's rapidly expanding list of accredited online learning courses is receiving positive reviews from the physicians who use it.

A recent summary of user feedback about CMA-produced courses shows that a resounding majority of physicians (97.1%) who took one of the courses from January to March 2013 would participate in another one, while 91.2% would recommend the learning modules to colleagues.

"We were delighted with the feedback," says Dr. Sam Shortt, the CMA's director of quality initiatives. "What we want to do now is make more of our members aware not only about the breadth of the learning that is available, but also how simple it is to track the CME credits you earn. Basically, we do all of the work for you via the automatic transfer of credits to both colleges."

The feedback summary, which was prepared by Memorial University of Newfoundland, also determined that:

  • 97.8% of respondents said the content in the learning modules was consistent with the stated objectives;
  • 96.4% felt that taking one of the CMA's online courses "had enhanced my knowledge in this area";
  • 94.1% said the material was "credible and non-biased," and 93.5% judged it as "relevant to my practice."

The CMA courses, which are available only to members, are all eligible for CME credits from the Royal College and College of Family Physicians of Canada. The 11 courses available so far deal with topics ranging from Alzheimer's dementia to the treatment of obese patients and the diagnosis of acute coronary syndromes. Credits are automatically transmitted to the member's college upon course completion.

Details about all the courses are available online.

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