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How do I Choose the Best Continuing Medical Education Course?

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  • Written By: Angela Johnson
  • Edited By: A. Joseph
  • Last Modified Date: 22 October 2018
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Choosing the best continuing medical education course can be key to improving your knowledge and performance in the medical field as well as increasing your pay. The best way to choose a continuing medical education course is to consider the area of your specialization, the location of the course, the credibility of the school and the education level and expertise of the instructor of the course. Considering these details will help you find the best continuing medical education course for your needs.

Many medical education courses focus on re-certification or keeping a certification current. These courses can be helpful if you are looking to maintain your certification or if your accrediting organization requires continuing education after your certification has expired. There are special courses that focus on changes in the medical industry or changes in laws and regulations. The continuing education courses offered for this type of requirement are quite different than those for people who are just beginning medical school.

It is important to know what your area's requirements are for certification. Each area has different credentialing requirements, and knowing which courses you are required to complete will be helpful. Check with your credentialing organization, because it usually can identify schools in the area located closest to your home or work. Certain organizations require that you take courses only from the schools they choose. These schools are usually listed on the organizations' websites, or the list often can be obtained by mail.

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Enhancing your professional development by taking a continuing medical education course can be beneficial to your career. Medical advancements are common and occur fairly frequently. Staying up to date in your field of practice can increase your expertise in a certain area. Professionals who do this will often receive higher accolades from colleagues as well as patients.

You might be able to take courses that do not require hands-on training through a distance learning program offered by your medical school. This can help save time and allow you to work at your own pace while completing the required coursework. Professionals in the medical industry often work long hours, and finding courses that fit into a busy schedule can be difficult. Online courses allow flexibility so that you can complete your coursework at the times that work best for you.

If you choose to take an online course, be sure that you can work independently with little to no supervision. Online courses can be challenging for people who require assistance. If you are taking a new course, taking a traditional course in a classroom can be beneficial, but if you are taking a refresher course, you might require little assistance, so the online continuing medical education course might be sufficient.

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