On-demand continuing medical education (CME) is growing in popularity for several good reasons. Most medical professionals need to have a required number of CME hours to maintain their professional licensures. This can be a challenge for working professionals juggling careers and personal lives.
Most medical professionals who have graduated with degrees in the past decade are very familiar with online learning and have become accustomed to using that venue for their learning needs. On-demand education can help individuals achieve their educational needs in several beneficial ways:
For these reasons, on-demand education is a convenient alternative for many medical professionals to obtain their required CME credits.
There are a few disadvantages to on-demand learning, which should be noted. Some learners miss the interaction with colleagues available through live continuing education courses. Some learners may have a more difficult time focusing on a video or module if left alone to do so, due to distractions at home or in the office. Some may delay taking online courses (because they can) and are more likely to attend scheduled live events.
Considering the patient loads and time constraints put on our health care systems, the advantages of on-demand education outweigh the disadvantages and will continue to be an important avenue for health care professionals to meet their CME needs, now and in the future.
Mayo Medical Laboratories offers a wide variety of laboratory and clinical-based on-demand courses on our website. If you would like information or if you have questions, visit our website or contact the Mayo Medical Laboratories Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 507-284-3156.