Medical CME Feels its Belt Tighten

from the International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy in Hollywood, Fla.

This is the 21st year that the Baptist Cardiac & Vasular Institute of Miami has sponsored this meeting, but after hearing some speakers during the opening morning one starts wondering if it will be the last.

Probably not, but clearly some physicians who organize big-ticket CME meetings feel that their babies are threatened. I can’t vouch for how early editions of ISET  ran, but for at least the past few years the meeting has prided itself on offering lots of live cases, often from sites elsewhere in the U.S. or in Europe. Surely the technology and logistics to do this cost quite a bit, and until now this and similar medical meetings have relied on big grants from device makers to pay a lot of the expense.

But at a time when corporate budgets are tight and cozy relationships between industry and physicians are coming under heightened government scrutiny, the dollar flow that pays these CME bills may be slowing way down.

“Can continuing medical education as we know it survive,” asked Dr. Barry T. Katzen, ISET course director, and founder and medical director of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular, during a session devoted to hashing out the prospects for medical CME.

I suspect the answer is a qualified yes, but  it  will likely involve putting their budgets on a diet.

—Mitchel Zoler

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  1. Kerri Wachter

    A very fitting post, given hard economic realities all around.

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