Editor’s note: We have so enjoyed reading our new columnist’s blog posts that we asked him if we could share some of his insights in this magazine. So without further ado, here are some musings from Derek Warnick, CME professional and social media advocate.

Here is a list of things you won’t find in this or future columns written by me:

Here is a list of things you might find in this or future columns written by me:

  • Suggestions for an alternative, “crowdfunding” option for funding CME activities
  • Strong opinions about trivial topics (Example: If you are using grape jelly in your PB&J, we can’t be friends)
  • Debate over whether the ACCME has made achieving Accreditation with Commendation too easy
  • A list of cheap, easily accessible digital tools that CME professionals should know how to use. Here are three to get you started:

         Google+ Hangouts
         Screenr (or other similar “screen capture” tools)

  •   Comparison of CME learning formats to various types of coffee makers (What, you’ve never done this? Really? Oh, well, I did…)

Percolator/Journal-based CME
Not as popular as it once was. Seeing it less and less all the time.


Rising in popularity. Loved by many for its convenience and variety. Seen by others as evidence of the downfall of humanity.

Drip/Live Meetings
The old standby. While some may question the quality, many still use and prefer it.


French Press/Point-of-Care CME
Once its proper use is understood, it can be quite wonderful. Useful in many different situations. Can be confusing to some and thus, underutilized.



Stovetop Espresso Pot/Sim Labs
Excellent substitute for the real thing.



Espresso Machine/PI-CME
When used correctly, it’s as good as it gets. When not, there’s potential for disaster. Cost versus use can be an issue.

My hope is that with this column, I can bring a little bit of a different perspective to your way of thinking about CME.

Derek Warnick is principal at D. Warnick Consulting, experienced in regulatory guidelines, adult education program development, Web 2.0 tools, and social media platforms. Check out his blog, Confessions of a Medical Educator; e-mail dwarnick@theCMEguy.com, or tweet to @theCMEguy.