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The Importance of Continuing Medical Education (CMEs)

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The Importance of Continuing Medical Education (CMEs) for Healthcare Clinicians

By Tiffany Aller

Continuing medical education is a crucial resource for healthcare professionals to ensure their skills, techniques and overall patient care plans benefit from the most up-to-date information. CMEs for healthcare clinicians need to complete the number of credit hours set by the states in which they are licensed. This is especially relevant for new graduates to acclimate to their profession using the most leading-edge information available.

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Continuing medical education is crucial for practitioners

Health care is a constantly evolving industry, and that makes completing CMEs for healthcare clinicians crucial. “Continuing medical education (CME) is critical to ensure that our providers are up-to-date regarding the diagnosis, assessment, medications and treatments,” reminds Joseph Skrajewski, executive director of medical and professional education at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Whether your education is recent or you’re a more tenured professional, CMEs help to make sure you’re working in peak conditions, treating your patients with the most up-to-date therapies and treatments.

CMEs build on existing education and experience

Besides being a necessity for most state licensure requirements, CMEs are beneficial to all clinicians, whether new graduates, mid-career or high-level practitioners. Rafael E. Salazar II, CEO and president of Rehab U Practice Solutions, shares that “I always tell students and new clinicians that the first one to two years of their career will be spent learning how to be a clinician.” “Schools,” he says, “prepared you with entry-level skills, but the next two years is where you gain competence.” Less experienced healthcare professionals can move their career along more rapidly by combining their education, on-the-job training and CMEs to treat patients with the best possible care.

Salazar mentions that those in more advanced stages of their career can gain valuable knowledge from CME opportunities. “In order to remain relevant, achieve the outcomes you want (both for your career and your patients) and become a leader/expert, you must continue to build upon the competence you established” earlier in your career. “Continued learning and skill building” can lead your career to even higher levels of practices and outcomes.

CMEs show potential employers how valuable your services are

When you’re looking for a new travel contract or a full-time permanent career in the area of your choice, CMEs can help distinguish your resume from many others that recruiters read. While you may not have room for every CME experience you’ve completed, highlight a few that are relevant to your preferred area of practice. Separately, you might note on your resume how many CME credits you’ve earned in total, which can indicate to hiring managers how committed you are to studying important concepts and always remaining at the top of your game.

Continuing medical education helps to fulfill your licensure while you practice in your field using the most up-to-date information. No matter your current career level, you’ll reap immeasurable benefits from continuing education. Then, when you’re ready to change to a new job, your diligence in education will help you stand out from the crowd.

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