2013 Healthcare Professional Continuing Education Preference Survey
Survey Reveals Significant Clinician Demand For Online CME And Virtual Courses (View Press Release)
Data collected by Elsevier’s Office of Continuing Medical Education (EOCME), AcademicCME and ArcheMedX in the summer of 2013 demonstrates that 97% of clinicians (N=801) are planning to either increase or maintain their participation in online continuing education programs during the next year, while there appears to be a significant pull back in the participation in live meetings and conferences.
Survey Methodology – The EOCME conducted a mixed-methods survey deployed in July 2013 to over 10,000 physicians where 801 responded during a period of two months. A summary of the initial results can be found below:
There is a significant shift from learning in live meetings to learning online through traditional online CME (cases, videos, and slides) and novel, online Virtual Courses.
This shift in preferred formats for continuing education was seen across a wide variety of physician specialties and a number of allied healthcare professions (nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants).
Likewise, the shift in preferred formats for continuing education was evident regardless of whether clinicians practice in urban, suburban, or rural settings.
And while much of this shift is thought to be due to access and convenience, it appears that learner confidence in online CME is quickly approaching their confidence in live CME meetings.