Offering Continuing Education for Health Professionals in MA & RI
At Southcoast Health, we provide many avenues for the health care professionals in our community to continue their education and hone their skills. Look through the requirements to participate in Continuing Medical Education (CME) below, then follow the provided links for current opportunities. If you have any questions along the way, feel free to contact our CME Program Coordinator Jocelyn Martins at 508-973-5527 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current CME Opportunities
The following opportunities are available to Southcoast physicians:
Requirements for CME
Massachusetts & Rhode Island State Regulations
- Massachusetts Requirements for License Renewal: For a quick synopsis, click here.
- Massachusetts BORM regulations: two (2) credits of study of the MA Board of Registration in Medicine’s regulations (243 CMR 1.00-5.00) are required each license cycle.
- Rhode Island Rules and Regulations
Explore the continuing medical education opportunities that Southcoast Health offers to health professionals in our community.
Opportunities & Links for CME
Category 1 CME Opportunities:
Free Opportunities (registration may be required)
- AHC Media: Courses are free, but registration is required. Courses can be sorted by specialty and by accrediting body. Weekly email alerts about new offerings are available.
- Audio-Digest: The Southcoast Medical Libraries subscribes to Audio-Digest CME lectures for Southcoast staff. These are available on CD and online. Each program (about one hour) qualifies for two Category 1 credits with the successful completion of the accompanying short test. For further information, please contact the Southcoast Medical Library. The following series are available: General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Neurology and Pediatrics.
- Boston University: Has a number of activities. Some courses are free, but they do require registration. www.bumc.bu.edu/cme/educational-opportunities/online-programs/
- CE Medicus: Provides over 9,000 hours of free CME from multiple sources. Registration is required. The site’s transcript service tracks earned credits and opportunities for specialty credits are prominently displayed.
- Cleveland Clinic: The Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Continuing Education sponsors or jointly sponsors live CME courses, as well as other regularly scheduled activities. Participants may choose from text-based programs, webcasts and podcasts. Free registration is required to earn credits.
- DynaMed Weekly Updates http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs028/1102736301344/archive/1102783085863.html
- JAMA & Archives Continuing Medical Education: Free to subscribers.
- Med-IQ: Site offers free credit by viewing online or reading hand-outs.
- MedPage Today: Co-developed by MedPage Today and the Office of Continuing Medical Education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, MedPage Today was named 2009 Best Overall Web Publication by the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors. The CME Spotlights page presents links to CME courses, which are sorted by specialty or title. The site offers CME credits for completing these educational programs.
- Medscape: A selection of free, continuously updated continuing education activities for physicians, registered nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals. Download instruction on using Medscape to get CME credit [PDF].
- NCME TV: A Web-based CME service, free with registration, provides monthly CME video programs to be watched anytime. Medical News Alerts offered for daily credit. Need Hospital ID #852355 (for registration, use Tobey Hospital for site).
Opportunities Requiring Payment
- Massachusetts Medical Society $10 per credit hour/members, $20 per credit hour/non-members.
- NEJM Weekly CME Program: $15 per credit/program and other pricing options.
- NetCE: For fee online continuing medical education courses available for most health care professions, including physicians, nurses and more. Various prices.
Schwartz Center Rounds
Southcoast Hospitals hosts Schwartz Center Rounds, which are unique, multidisciplinary sessions in which hospital staff explore the emotional side of caregiving. A national program with sites across the country, Schwartz Center Rounds are funded by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to advancing compassionate health care. In a typical Schwartz Rounds session, a panel of caregivers presents a patient case that brought up interesting and important psychosocial issues.
Topics have included:
- Delivering bad news.
- When religious or spiritual beliefs conflict with medical advice.
- Taking care of a colleague.
- Losing a patient.
Hospital staff then share their own thoughts and feelings related to the day’s topic. Unlike grand rounds, these sessions are not about clinical problem-solving, but rather about exploring and processing the emotions that come up in the daily work of hospital staff.
A comprehensive study of Schwartz Center Rounds has shown them to help caregivers connect better with patients emotionally; enhance their understanding of the effects of illness on patients and their families; improve communication among caregivers and decrease feelings of caregiver isolation and stress.
For more information about Schwartz Center Rounds, visit www.theschwartzcenter.org.