The impact of the EU-ACME programme continues to grow, clearly also amongst national and international societies.
Individual urologists are becoming more aware of the significance of this initiative judging from the increase in the number of requests we receive for accreditation of national and international activities.
The Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS) recommends that the institutions that sponsor/provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities on a regional, national and international level, as well as the activities themselves, should be accredited throughout the European Union. The European Board of Urology (EBU) is aware that a new vision of Continuing Medical Education should be conveyed and that it shall have to move from a credit accumulation system to a system based on confidence and reliance on people.
In order to achieve the above-mentioned goals, the EBU first instituted a credit system to control CME/CPD activities of specialists. The system, applied to CME, was inaugurated in July 1998, at a European School of Urology (ESU) Course in Lisbon, as a pilot study.
In 2004 the European Association of Urology (EAU) and the EBU joined forces to promote Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) amongst all urologists in Europe by creating a new committee: the EU-ACME (European Urology - Accredited Continuing Medical Education).
Both organisations have equal representation in this committee under the chairmanship of Prof. R. Nijman.
The EBU is responsible for all regulatory matters, such as determining the rules for accreditation of educational activities in accordance with the guidelines of UEMS.
The partnership with the EAU makes a truly European-wide system possible, with its promotional and administrative possibilities.
The first activity accredited within the EU-ACME programme was the Second joint meeting of ESPU and AAP held in Uppsala from June 15th-18th, 2005. This was a great success! The first accredited activity with organised attendance control through scanning the EU-ACME membership cards was the 7th Ankara Uro-Oncology Course held in Turkey from September 22nd-25th, 2005.
The constant demands of modern medicine make CME and CPD an absolute necessity.
CME/CPD is a lifelong commitment and CME credits are the ‘staples’ of staying in practice and keeping office doors open.