The American Medical Association, Division of Continuing Physician Professional Development is hosting the 13th Annual Conference of the National Task Force on CME Provider/Industry Collaboration on Monday, September 9 through Thursday, September 12, 2002 in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel.

This year’s conference, “Changing CME from Silos to Synergies: A Collaborative Vision and Mission” will for the first time offer a pre-conference introductory session for newcomers to CME on September 9th. Plenary and breakout sessions on September 10th-12th will answer the following questions and cover related topics:

Why Must Industry Change?
Positions and Perspectives of the FDA, WLF, and CME
Recent Actions of the FDA Impacting the Separation of Education from Promotion
Reauthorization of the Prescription Drug Use Fees Act
What’s Happening on the Hill: Commercial Support of CME, Gifts to Physicians, and DTC Advertising

Why Must CME Change?
Maintenance of Certification
Elements of Valid CME
Repositioning of CME
Global CME, Standards of Commercial Support, Internet CME, and CME Content
Future Directions and CEJA Ethical Opinions
Summit on Restructuring Clinical Education

What Must CME Change?
Evidence-Based CME
Physician Self-Assessment
CME Credit and Recognition Systems
Scope of Practice and Directed Specialty Specific Learning

How Will We Change?
Where are we now and what are we doing?

Why must we change?
How will we do it, when and with whom?
What is our vision and mission to achieve synergies?
What must we do differently in the future?

Please visit the conference website, where detailed presenter information, a conference agenda and registration forms are available.