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Med ed RePORT Update The ACCME’s Decem- ber board meeting will CME restriction bid rebuffed, again feature a roundtable on A third attempt by an AMA the future of CME, with ethics council asking physicians the council’s seven mem- and medical institutions to curb ber organizations, as well industry funding for profes- as national membership sional educational activities was groups, weighing in. The rebuffed last month. meeting is intended to the proposals, contained in bring together differ- a report from AMA’s Council ent facets of the CME on Ethical and Judicial Affairs community “to establish (CEJA), would have required direct communications CME providers to only accept with the ACCME board,” funds from “sources that have said Dr. Murray Kopelow, no direct financial interest in executive director. a physician’s clinical recom- mendations,” except in certain AMA’s interim meeting featured debate about the CEJA proposal Chris Bolwell, VP, cases. At the AMA’s semi-annual medical policymaking meeting, its house to the vote, 25 speakers repre- sought to delineate “ethically affairs & of delegates voted to send the senting 24 organizations spoke preferable” or “ethically permis- compliance entire report back to CEJA for against adoption of the CEJA sible” CME funding practices. A officer, further study. recommendations, according to 2008 proposal—also shelved— Imedex, “the rejection by the house of Sullivan, while in favor were 10 had called for an all-out ban on was voted delegates shows a commitment speakers representing CEJA, the commercial support. president-elect of North to CME funding and academic AMA’s Council on Medical Edu- in a statement, AMA chair American Association freedom,” wrote rockpointe cation and other organizations. dr. rebecca Patchin said CEJA of Medical Education president thomas Sullivan in the last time delegates sent a “will re-examine the issue and and Communication the blog Policy and Medicine. CEJA proposal back to commit- present a revised report at a later Companies (NAAMECC). At a committee meeting prior tee was in June. that proposal meeting.” —Marc Iskowitz He will succeed the cur- rent president, Sandra Weaver, next October. After probe, physician lands new post NAAMECC backs dr. ChArlES nemeroff, the extraordinary psychiatrist and conduct code In the third quarter, 1.6 million CME pro- psychiatrist whose undisclosed scientist” who “got into serious grams were completed financial ties m
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