How to plan your CME

CME is an integral part of continuous professional development which requires the participation in many activities in order to develop and maintain ones own clinical, professional and managerial competencies. Here is a simple guide on the activities that can lead to the acquirement of these competencies, many of which can be achieved through the services of the Egyptian Society of Surgeons:

Clinical

This aims at maintaining good clinical and surgical practice and can be achieved through the following activities:

  1. Attending conferences, lectures, symposia
  2. Participating in surgical workshops / courses
  3. Acquiring clinical audit and research skills
          -  Workshops
          -  Reading Materials
  4. Attending multidisciplinary meetings
  5. Reading journals and participating in journal clubs
  6. Visiting centers of excellence

These activities will help you update your clinical skills, patient management and referral, technical aspects of surgical treatment, clinical practice within and across teams, working through guidelines, and record keeping.

Professional

This aims at enhancing necessary skills for good relations with patients and effective relations with colleagues, acquiring teaching and training skills, and integrity in professional practice. These can be achieved through the following activities: 

  1. Attending multi-professional meetings
  2. Attending workshops / courses on teaching, education and evaluation
  3. Attending workshops / courses on interpersonal skills
  4. IT training
  5. Writing and appraising research papers
           - Workshops
           - Reading Materials
  6. Writing grant applications

These activities will help you in your communication, teaching and evaluation, monitoring, appraising peers, ethics and medico-legal aspects of practice, research, editing and writing, use of IT, and work with associations and officials.

Managerial

This aims at acquiring necessary skills essential for leadership and responsible positions at your practice. This can be achieved through the following activities: 

  1. Management training
  2. Attending administrative meetings
  3. Professional visits and exchanges
  4. Chairing meetings, committees and enquires

These activities will help you in your work as a surgical leader or director, departmental administration, directing educational activities, membership of executive committees.