Continuing Medical Education Conference
Q: Would you be interested in having some idea of the extent and nature of the
way the Internet is used in continuing medical education? I am trying to
find this out and ask you to please spend 10-15 minutes filling in and
returning (by email) this questionnaire. I will be most happy to send a
summary of the results to all who respond.
So, if you are a current or future member of a health profession (doctor,
nurse etc.) or someone involved in the education of the health profession
your assistance would be very much appreciated. Please feel free to
distribute this questionnaire as widely as you can (The more responses I
get the better!) Unfortunately, I do not have very much time. Please
return the form to me within the next 3-4 days (by Tuesday 15th November at
A:Educational Database Resources (EDR), has developed an online database called "SearchCME" containing comprehensive information on future continuing medical education conferences. This service indexes the numerous brochures sent to physicians via the U.S. postal service from a variety of different institutions throughout the year. The information contained in the SearchCME database is offered free of charge in a way which has been deemed user friendly to those interested in searching the contents via the World Wide Web site at http://www.searchcme.com. The pages are designed to allow a conference sponsor to reach a very specific physician audience, as physicians can access the database using specialty, date, location, and specific conference titles to narrow their search. When a physician needs to find a conference he or she can search online for the ideal course and have an unparalleled selection. For sponsors of continuing medical education courses, SearchCME means direct access to thousands of physician users. The web site provides an easy entry to the online world for Internet novices. For more technologically-advanced CME sponsors, SearchCME will provide a link to any existing homepage, or conference page. In addition to the extensive basic information, offered free of charge, SearchCME can provide the complete information on any conference. With the cooperation of the publicity department of the sponsoring institution, the staff at EDR can coordinate the inclusion of a printable registration form, allowing the physician to register for the course after reading about it online, without requesting further information from the sponsor, eliminating one step in the registration process. The SearchCME database is young, but growing fast. We maintain on average of 2,000 searchable conferences. Response by our users has been very positive. Your cooperation in providing your conference information will help insure the broadest possible audience of potential conference attendees. The form for sending us the basic course information is located on-line at http://www.searchcme.com/promote.htm. It should take less than five minutes to fill out the form, alerting all of our users about your conference.