Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development

- A Credit System for Monitoring and Promoting Excellence -

In 2004 the European Association of Urology (EAU) and the European Board of Urology (EBU) have joined forces to promote Continuing Medical Education amongst all urologists in Europe by creating a new committee: the EU-ACME. Both organizations 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 EAU makes a truly European wide system possible, with its promotional and administrative possibilities.
The constant demands of modern medicine make Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) an absolute necessity.

Continuing Medical Education
CME activities are almost always geared toward practicing physicians and are designed to provide information that is both relevant and essential to medical practice. To achieve these aims, successful CME programs are based on effective educational principles that promote the acquisition of knowledge while promoting efficiency, professional integrity and high ethical standards.

Continuing Professional Development
Continuing Professional Development can be defined as the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skill, and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties throughout the practitioners working life (Continuing Professional Development. A practical approach. John Lorriman. The Institution of Electrical Engineers p 1. 1997).

To be granted credits educational activities should be accredited by a special body: the EBU Accreditation Committee, constituded by members of the European Board of Urology through the EU-ACME office. The EBU applies the rule 1 credit per 1 hour with the maximum of 6 credits per day, which is in line with the standards of the European Accreditation Council for CME (EACCME), under the umbrella of UEMS (European Union od Medical Specialists). Granting EBU accreditation automatically ensures an exchange of credits and recognitions with other medical specialities in Europe as well as with the American system.

More information on the EU-ACME programme, CME and CPD maybe found on www.eu-acme.org

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