Saturday, November 10, 2012
CME-Where to Find It, Continued
This is free CME in little bite sized pieces of news, worth 1/4 point each. It's quick, it's easy, it takes maybe 5 minutes, including the evaluation. It's jointly sponsored by The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and by Medpage Today.
It has a nice little app that's very user friendly, but I have trouble finding the CME section on the webpage. So I recommend sticking with the app for the actual CME. The website has a good CME tracker, though.
This is the real sell-out site. Not only do you get 1/4 point of CME, you can also earn "Q-Points". These are points you get for participating in some of their activities, and they can be redeemed as Amazon points.
Drawbacks include the obvious sell-out factor, and the fact that they don't specifically have a Psychiatry section. But there are Psychiatry-relevant pieces of CME in the Pain and General Medicine sections.
When I first found this site, I was a little hesitant to be that blatantly mercenary. But then I realized that I had paid the APA $300 for the answers to their CME questions, which basically amounts to paying for CME, without actually learning anything.
And then I did this activity on Quantia which was a power point given by a Fellow in Addiction Medicine. It was about the labs hospitals use to measure substances of abuse, and it was interesting, extremely well-presented, useful, and completely free of financial bias. When was the last time you saw an ad-free issue of The Green Journal?
Quantia has a nice iphone app, although the activities are easier to do online. Their site is pretty good, and the power points are interactive-a nice touch.
They have CME included in their app. There's not a lot of Psychiatry available, and what there is is case-based. But you can earn a couple points from them, and the app is worth having as a drug reference, in any case. This is another one where I couldn't find the CME on the web, but it's easily accessible from the app.