L’Educazione Continua in Medicina (ECM) per i professionisti della salute
Presidente dell'Ordine dei Medici di Venezia, Componente della Commissione Nazionale per la Formazione Continua (ECM)
CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Key words: Continuing Medical Education, Credits, Professional societies, Quality control
A Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme was started in Italy in 2002 by the Ministry
of Health. According to the programme, all health professionals must obtain a minimum
of CME credits. According to the principle of self-directed learning, they may choose among
the various CME courses which are offered by Institutions, Universities and professional societies.
All proposed CME activities must be approved by an ad hoc committee, which is set
up for each main discipline. The CME committees evaluate the proposed CME activities and attribute
the credits according to predefined criteria. Interactive learning is given priority. Evaluation
of quality appears as the most difficult problem. Participation of all professionals is needed
to ensure success and further development of the programme.