4 Reasons Why CMEs are Important

Continuing medical education is essential in the field of medicine, as constant medical and technological advancements will eventually make even the best training outdated. Medical professionals must continually strive to keep their education up-to-date and stay abreast of the latest trends in the industry. In addition to the knowledge you will gain by keeping your training current, here are four more reasons why it is wise to continue your medical education.

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1. Your job likely demands it

Continuing medical education is generally a job requirement. If you have just entered the medical field, you should plan to incorporate CMEs into your career. Be prepared by registering for the necessary training classes and certificates that are required by the state.

2. It could boost your salary

Staying up-to-date on your medical knowledge and training will strongly increase your opportunities for scoring a better, higher-paying job or successfully negotiating a salary raise. Try to find training certificates or degrees that will enhance your present education level.

3. Your patients will be interested in new medical technology and trends

Thanks to the Internet putting knowledge at everyone’s fingertips, it is easy today for anyone to become a medical “expert.” Patients and their families will likely wish to explore new treatment options with you, and you will need to know what these treatments are. Staying up-to-date on medical training and continuing your education will allow you to advise your patients on the latest medical treatments and breakthroughs.

4. Financial assistance is available

Financial worries shouldn’t get between you and your continuing education. Numerous scholarships and grants are available for people seeking to continue their medical training. A little bit of research could pay off in a big way, so take time to uncover which scholarships and grants you are qualified for.

If you plan to continue your medical education or are looking for Las Vegas medical meeting facilities, contact the Oquendo Center at 866-800-7326.

CME Professionals’ Prospects On The Rise Despite Weak Economy

Despite the current economic conditions, employment and pay appear to be on the rise for CME professionals, according to the first Medical Meetings Employment and Compensation Survey. The survey found that the healthcare sector is doing much better than many other industries in the sluggish U.S. economy. Although the country’s unemployment rate is at about 8.6 percent, the healthcare industry added about 27,000 healthcare jobs each month in 2010. While not immune to the weak economy, the CME community has managed to hold its own during this economic downturn.

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The survey broke down the job growth as follows:

  • 38 percent of respondents added full-time employees
  • 26 percent added part-time employees
  • 16 percent laid off one or more staff
  • 13 percent had work hours reduced for some employees

The primary reason for people who reduced their CME staffing was the economy, as cited by 48% of respondents. Other reasons for layoffs included:

  • Changes in commercial support (36 percent)
  • CME format changes (21 percent)
  • Increase in online and virtual events (18 percent)
  • Increase in state and federal regulations impacting the healthcare sector (16 percent)
  • Changes in budgets made by the parent organization (13 percent)

Of the respondents, 25 percent work in hospitals/healthcare systems; 18 percent work in scientific or medical societies or organizations; 14 percent work in medical education or publishing businesses; 14 percent work in medical schools; 5 percent work in local or regional medical and scientific associations; and the remainder worked for a variety of groups, including pharmaceutical/device companies, research organizations, government organizations, and technology firms.  In addition, 26 percent of the participants identified themselves as meeting or conference planners and directors.

These numbers indicate a growing demand for continuing medical education, as well as medical event planning professionals. However, the shift in formatting means that event planners will have to adapt in order to maintain the upward trend. The introduction of online courses marks a shift in the way medical professionals receive CME. Ultimately, the outlook for the CME profession is positive, as long as the industry can adapt to the technological changes over the next few years.

For more information regarding a Las Vegas medical meeting facility or continuing education, contact The Oquendo Center at 866.800.7326 today.

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