Alliance for CME Day 3: FSMB plenary

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I was a bad blogger yesterday--never did get around to posting anything. Since my flight has been delayed now and the San Francisco airport so nicely is giving me 45 minutes of free wifi (yay!), here's some quick thoughts about yesterday's sessions.

Plenary: Dr. Chaudhry, DO, FACP, with the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, took what could have been a fairly deadly topic (for me anyway) at 8:30 in the morning and made it really interesting. Anyway, he gave a great overview of the current state of maintenance of licensure, from the guiding principles to plans for implementing MOL in a phased approach because, as he said, "we don't want to shock the system."

And I learned some interesting historical facts, including that my home state of Massachusetts was the first colony to recognize physicians as a unique professional group way back in 1649.

I also went to a great session outlining some of the results of two studies that PACME conducted last year, one a benchmarking study, the other addressed outcomes. I hope they can make the results of these studies -- and the ones PACME plans to conduct in 2011 -- public. As we were talking about at the NAMEC SWOT meeting, it'd be nice to get some of the science of outcomes visibility in publications outside the usual CME literature.

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