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“Outstanding” accredited CME available for asking at cma.ca

The CMA’s Virtual Waiting Room suite of continuing medical education (CME) courses that deal with a variety of clinical topics now includes the final course in the series, Heart Failure.

It was posted on cma.ca in March, completing a project that was launched four years ago thanks to an education grant from Pfizer Canada. The first course became available in 2011, and since then there have been almost 4,400 course registrations.

The courses have tackled some of the most challenging clinical issues facing physicians, including Alzheimer’s dementia and type 2 diabetes. The topics were chosen based upon results from a poll of CMA members.

“This was a very complex project that brought together experts from several universities and specialty societies,” says Dr. Sam Shortt, the CMA’s director of quality initiatives. “We were in uncharted territory when we launched the program, but we’ve been delighted with the way things worked out — the feedback we’ve received from doctors who have completed modules has been very positive.”

The modules, which are available only to CMA members, are eligible for CME credits from both the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Credits are transferred automatically upon completion of a course.

Shortt, who described the module content as “outstanding,” says the courses have earned high marks from participants, with 97.8% of physicians who took a course from October to December 2013 saying they would take another one. As well, the majority would recommend the modules to colleagues.

The topics covered are:

  • Acute/chronic pain
  • Acute coronary syndromes (now archived)
  • Alzheimer’s dementia
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Common emergencies
  • Heart failure
  • Lipid guidelines
  • Obese patient
  • Parkinson’s
  • Resistant hypertension
  • Skin disorders
  • Type 2 diabetes

Complete details about all courses are available online.

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