New Online CME Program for Health Professionals
PCRM has launched a new Web site offering continuing medical education credits for physicians and other health care professionals interested in how nutrition can be used for health promotion and disease prevention. The Web site, www.NutritionCME.org, is cosponsored by The George Washington University Medical Center.
Courses cover a variety of topics, including bone health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. The cancer courses, for example, include programs on diet and breast cancer survival, folate and cervical cancer, and foods and prostate cancer. Some courses are presented in video format; others in text. Credits are available for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dietitians, nutritionists, and other health care providers.
Unlike many continuing medical education (CME) programs, PCRM’s is noncommercial. As an article in the March 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association pointed out: “Continuing medical education has become so heavily dependent on support from pharmaceutical and medical device companies that the medical profession may have lost control over its own continuing education.” The article went on to say that “commercial funding may inherently distort education and practice to the detriment of physicians and patients.”
In addition to CME courses, the site includes news updates on nutrition-related topics and news of nutrition-related conferences, including the Cancer and Nutrition Symposium sponsored by The Cancer Project, an independent, separately incorporated affiliate of PCRM.
PCRM will promote NutritionCME through the mail, online, and at the many health care conferences it attends each year. If you are a health care professional looking for a new way to stay current with your CME credits and learn more about the latest in nutrition, please consider visiting www.NutritionCME.org.