CME: Get the credits for FREE

I’m here to tell you that all CME is not created equal, especially as it relates to the cost.  It seems that we associate CME with having to spend money on a seminar, online training course or some other educational opportunity with a price tag.  I encourage you to think about CME credit accumulation and resources as connected but not mutually exclusive to one another.  You can accumulate the required number of credits, often at the cost of $0, freeing up your money and time allotment for CME activities that you are actually interested in, such as this Everest Base Camp Trek.

The easiest way I know how to accumulate free Category 1 CME credits is to continue doing what most of us are already doing: daily use of UpToDate.  Many employers, especially larger organizations, will provide free access to this resource.  All you need to do is to make sure that you have a login username and password, and make sure at the beginning of each shift that you log in.  You will accumulate 0.5 Category 1 CME credits for each search that you do within this account, and these will add up VERY quickly, well past the required 100 necessary for each 2 year cycle.  As an example, I don’t think my account has dipped below 500+ CME credits in the last 2 years due to the frequency of my usage through my free account.  (PRO TIP:  If your employer doesn’t cover the cost of a subscription to UpToDate, negotiate for this at some point…this is the equivalent of nearly $1000 and frees you up to make CME your “fun money”)

If you work for a larger organization, especially a teaching hospital system, there are likely a plethora of free CME activities available to you.  I’m willing to bet that there is actually a CME tab on your intranet website that can lay the opportunities out for you.  (Not sure?  Go ahead and look…I’ll wait)  Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities that can be baked into your current schedule, but only pursue those things that you are interested in learning about.  One example is taking part in electronic medical record (EMR) proficiency classes, of which you will earn you some CME credits and also decrease time spent within the EMR…a “Win-Win”.  (PRO TIP:  Always look for CME opportunities that do more than just get you some required credits…dual purpose or “Win-Win”)

And if you’re still looking for Free CME opportunities, there’s this aptly-named website called…of course there is, right?!  #internet

DISCLAIMERS: 1) The views expressed here are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of my employer. 2) There are no conflicts of interest to report. 3) I don’t know what I don’t know, so feel free to message me if you don’t agree with something that you read.

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Published by Shayne Foley

I have dedicated myself to a lifelong pursuit of health and wellness, both personally and professionally, over the last 25 years. My passions, interests and experiences have led me to a multitude of health and wellness disciplines, resulting in an accumulation of over 40,000 hours of experience. My educational degrees include: Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Exercise Science, Master’s Degree in Biomechanics and a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. In addition to my educational accomplishments, the culmination of my career experiences outside of the classroom have developed my passion for coaching and teaching. Some of these experiences include: Performance coaching for elite athletes and business professionals (10+ years), teaching at multiple universities (6+ years) and working as a Physician Assistant (10 years). These academic, pedagogical and practical experiences have shaped, and continue to shape, my philosophies, theories and solutions related to health and wellness. I am thrilled and humbled to now be bringing all of my acquired knowledge, holistic approach and pragmatic methods into what I see as my most important and impassioned work to date: Coaching healthcare professionals to reach their personal and professional goals. I grew up in Western Massachusetts, and have spent the majority of my life living throughout New England. I currently reside in Vermont, where the environment and culture organically foster an optimal work-life balance. I live joyfully with my lovely wife and rescue dog. My other interests include outdoor recreation, lifestyle design, financial independence, travel and supporting my local community. I’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to contact me, you can do so via the following ways:

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