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According to a new survey, healthcare professionals say that certified continuing medical education is more valuable to them than journal articles and other publications, speakers bureau programs, and promotional and other non-certified education when it comes to improving their practice and their patient outcomes.
Nearly 42 percent of the total 1,417 HCP survey respondents were physicians, while 35 percent were nurses or nurse practitioners, and 16 percent were pharmacists; the rest were physician assistants, PhD/research scientists, case managers, or other non-specified types of healthcare providers. They hailed from 49 of the 50 U.S. states, plus Washington, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico. Anesthesiology was the most common primary clinical specialty (18 percent), with primary care a close second (16 percent) and oncology third at 9 percent. The rest named surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, pain management, psychiatry, cardiology, pharmacy, neurology, infectious disease, and other clinical areas. Sixty-four percent had been in practice longer than 20 years, 22 percent from 11 to 20 years, and 14 percent 10 years or less.
Ten percent of respondents were from states that do not currently require CME for state licensure. (Six states currently do not require physicians to complete CME for state licensure.)