Continuing Professional Development (CPD) & Continuing Medical Education (CME) are fundamental tools in ongoing development.
CPD and CME help medical professionals maintain and upgrade their knowledge in the chosen medical field and broaden their personal and professional experience after obtaining the postgraduate degree and becoming specialists. Above all, CPD-CME enhances the quality of patient’s care by constantly improving the physician’s skills, broadening the physician’s professional outlook and helping him/her to keep up with the vast amount of scientific information constantly being generated.
“The constant demands of modern medicine make CPD and CME an absolute necessity.”
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 instituted a credit system to control CPD/CME activities of specialists.
In 2004 the European Association of Urology (EAU) and the EBU joined forces to promote CME and CPD amongst all urologists in Europe by creating a new committee: the EU-ACME (European Urology – Accredited Continuing Medical Education).
“CPD/CME is a lifelong commitment and CPD/CME credits are the ‘staples’ of staying in practice and keeping office doors open.”
CPD versus CME
The purpose of CPD and CME is to keep physicians current in their medical practice as part of a life learning commitment to their patients and society.
The CPD/CME embrace the necessary elements of ‘Good Medical Practice’, such as knowledge, skills and performance, safety and quality, communication, partnership and teamwork, and maintaining trust.
CPD/CME acknowledges that being a good physician includes competencies that extend beyond medical knowledge, including managerial, ethical, social, and personal skills.
The key to receiving credits is the accreditation of activities, which can be done by a national accreditation authority or the EBU.
Within the EU-ACME programme activities are accredited following the CPD/CME credit system set up by the EBU.
CPD can be defined as the systematic maintenance, improvements, and broadening of knowledge and skills, and the development of professional qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties through the practitioner’s working life.
Examples of CPD activities: presentation, article, lecture, teaching activities, committee member, etc. Register your activities here
CME activities are almost always geared towards practicing physicians and are designed to provide information that is both relevant and essential to medical practice. To achieve these aims, successful CME programmes are based on effective educational principles that promote the acquisition of knowledge while promoting efficiency, professional integrity, and high ethical standards.
Example of CME activities: workshop, congress, course, e-learning, seminar, etc. Register your activities here