Nurses Do. Lawyers Do. But Colorado Doctors Don't Have to Take Continuing Education Courses

Colorado Sun (12/11/18) Augé, Karen

Colorado is one of only four states that does not require any continuing medical education (CME) for physicians, but former Colorado Medical Society president Dr. Lynn Parry wants this situation remedied. Colorado's Medical Practice Act prohibits the state medical board from requiring continuing education, dictating that every two years 24,885 active physicians only have to prove they have malpractice insurance and pay a fee to renew their medical license. Parry has written to the state medical board, asking members to consider a CME requirement for physicians not already required to complete additional courses. She notes CME course rules have been tightened in recent decades to prevent influence by commercial interests such as drug and medical device firms. The University of Colorado Medical School's Dr. Brenda Bucklin is uncertain that a minimum CME requirement would make much difference in the state, as many participate in CME activities anyhow. Additionally, she notes that 97 percent of physicians who participated in live courses offered by her department last year promised to make changes to their practice as a result of what they learned.

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