The National Task Force on CME Provider/Industry Collaboration conference kicked off with a keynote by Capt. David Rutstein, MD, Office of Public Health and Science, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His main takeaway, for me, was this:
He also said that collaboration maximizes the strengths of each partner, and minimizes the risk to each partner. He introduced the mantra of the Office of Surgeon General: "Content must be based on the best science and evidence. It must underpin every CME course as well. Otherwise, what's being delivered isn't CME." He added that straying from this mantra results in a gradual decline in the quality of medical education, and eventually a decline in patient health. He wrapped up with this:
Doesn't that make you just feel good? The next panel wasn't quite as warm and fuzzy, though.