Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Point-of Care CME Using the Internet

Point-of-care (POC) CME has been gaining a tremendous amount of traction recently. Did you know that you can earn CME credit for using the Internet to search for medical information? Directus may be used by physicians to document and receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for their Internet usage. Directus is a program that is downloaded to your computer and provides the structure for this process by documenting the educational activity and planned outcome, capturing search efforts and evaluating the actual outcome. It’s an easy way to participate in POC CME. If you encounter a patient who has an unusual condition, research your clinical question online and earn CME credit.

Physicians have reported many innovative ways to utilize Directus and reviews have indicated that Directus is a program that is easy and convenient to incorporate into your daily routine. Many physicians have discovered innovative ways to convert their normal Internet usage into CME credit by using Directus. Some of these activities include: viewing medical news, checking daily e-mail updates from your specialty society, reading a journal article, searching Medline, pursuing other medical news, watching a surgical procedure online, listening to a webinar, and viewing other CME activities free of any cost.

Physicians may register and download Directus at www.directus.cme.edu. For a limited time, Directus is available to readers of Medicine and Technology for $75 per calendar year which includes unlimited CME credits. Just input the educational code medicinetechnology.

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