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Since it was created in 2009, the Industry Alliance for Continuing Education and Medical Specialty Society Collaborative Workgroup of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Healthcare Professions was created to improve communications between two sections of theindustry that are usually kept separate. Rules and regulations put in place to protect each side had inadvertently created an adversarial landscape. Commercial supporters were afraid to engage with CME providers, and many CME planners were never quite sure when it was acceptable to discuss something with a commercial interest. Thankfully, both sides were eager to restore dialogue.
But the emphasis on improving communications faded quickly. It wasn’t necessary. Each group had been eager to establish an avenue to discuss topics with the other; it didn’t take much to get the groups talking.
From there, “what do we talk about?” became “what should we work on?” One topic that rose to the top was satellite symposia. Here's what the group has come up with so far.
Satellite symposia have been a hot topic since the American College of Cardiology announced in 2011 it would no longer allow other CME organizations to provide certified continuing medical education satellite symposia at its Annual Scientific Session. That same year, Elizabeth Yarboro, then associate vice president at the ACC and an Industry Alliance for Continuing Education and Medical Specialty Society Collaborative Workgroup member with the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, posed a question to the group: How were CME providers and commercial supporters handling satellite symposia? These are, generally speaking, independently organized educational activities that are held in conjunction with a medical association or other organization’s main conference.
It was a good question. There wasn’t much information on best practices for satellite symposia. Was ACC’s situation unique, or were other organizations facing a similar struggle balancing quality and content integrity? The more the workgroup inquired, the more other stakeholders wanted to know.