Get Better Insights Into Practice Patterns With Simulations

Simulations have emerged in recent years as a key component of medical education, providing learners with an opportunity to work through challenging scenarios before they encounter these situations in daily practice. They help physicians visualize the treatment process, see where they may be making errors, and explore alternative treatment pathways. Simulations have become a vital […]

Read More


Tailoring Education Based on Regional Differences

A common refrain in the world of independent medical education (IME) is that one size does not fit all. This is true for different live meeting settings, for the information presented in different types of online activities, and for different age groups of learners. One circumstance in which this is particularly true is when educational […]

Read More


3 Key Benefits of Integrating Data Visualization Into Med Ed

As medical education has evolved in recent years, the integration of new technology and new styles of presenting information has become paramount. One education method that has grown in prominence is the use of data visualization techniques to communicate and reinforce educational methods. The term “data visualization” encompasses a number of different multimedia approaches, including […]

Read More

prIME TIMES_IME Editorial Staff

Mind Your P’s & Q’s and Dot Your I’s—The Value of an Editorial Staff

No matter how high the quality of an independent medical education (IME) activity—how well respected the speakers, how controversial or cutting edge the topic, how interesting the format—if the information presented is not accurate, it is not valuable. One of the most important, but often overlooked, components of a successful IME activity is the editorial […]

Read More


Involving Learners As Teachers in Medical Education

Expert faculty are an essential part of a quality independent medical education (IME) activity, but a great deal of value can be added by including learners as teachers within an activity. Because of their different perspectives and experiences, learning physicians are able to provide insight into the challenges a less experienced physician may face. While […]

Read More

prIME TIMES mutigeneration doctors

Is Medical Education the Same for Younger Physicians and More Senior Learners?

Medical education has been continuously evolving throughout the course of history, and this trend has continued to the modern era. In recent years, lectures have increasingly been replaced with interactive discussions, clinical cases, and hands-on workshops; and live meetings have been supplemented with online activities. A major driver behind recent changes in medical education is […]

Read More

Treatment Guidelines

How Long Does It Take for New Guidelines to Trickle Down to Community Practice?

Treatment standards in oncology are constantly evolving, with new agents and treatment regimens added each year. Clinical practice guidelines often represent the cutting edge of treatment, identifying which new treatment approaches should become standard of care on the basis of careful data analysis and expert review. Unfortunately, these guidelines are often slow to be incorporated […]

Read More

Outcomes Measurement

The Evolving Landscape of Outcomes Measurement

In the world of continuing medical education (CME), strategies for assessing the impact of educational activities are continually changing, adapting to meet updated requirements and to better capture the engagement of an evolving physician audience. For decades, CME outcomes were measured with simple post-test questions asking for the participant’s opinion of the activity. Later, measurement […]

Read More


Is There a Place for Knowledge Change Today?

A major change in continuing medical education (CME) over the past five years is the shift from knowledge-based learning to competence-based learning. This move was fueled in part by a decision from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to require educational activities to include competence, performance, and patient outcomes objectives. While this move […]

Read More

Why Rapid Dissemination of Society Presentations Is Important

Medical conferences and society meetings represent the foremost platform for presentation of new data and updates within a field. Unfortunately, many physicians are not able to attend these meetings, either due to schedule constraints, lack of funds, or other commitments. In fact, as many as 61% of practicing physicians say they are unable to attend […]

Read More