AO Education Institute update

29. November 2018

AO contributes to the Fourth UEMS Conference on CME-CPD in Europe

Participants representing medical specialties engaged in discussions on the state and future of CME and CPD in Europe

Over 160 representatives of European medicals specialties and medical academic societies gathered on November 23 and 24 in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss the status and future of accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and continuous Professional Development (CPD) in Europe.

Organized by the Union Européenne Des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS), the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) invited the different medical disciplines to review the current policies and procedures concerning European accreditation of postgraduate medical education. The current focus of accreditation of live educational events such as courses and congresses is challenged by new delivery modalities like e-learning and blended learning modalities. The conference focused on potential solutions to address these challenges in the context of accrediting quality medical education across borders.

AOEI Director Urs Rüetschi explains
how the AO looks at medical education
The AO Foundation was invited to share its perspective on the involvement of industry in supporting medical education as well as presenting an insight into the future developments of medical education with a focus on the use of new technologies. Urs Rüetschi, Director, AO Education Institute​ (AOEI), gave two speeches explaining how the AO deals with the risk of bias when dealing with educational grants and industry in-kind support and where the AOEI expects big shifts in the delivery of CPD. 

Following the conference Rüetschi stated "The conference has proven that the AO is well positioned as a provider of fully accredited CME and can also serve as a best-practice provider to other organizations. We should continue to actively participate and being involved in the discussions among accreditation bodies, medical organizations, and educational providers."