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  • Medical professionals spend most of their time interacting with patients and working to provide the best possible care. To stay up to date on the latest trends in the medical space, many professionals are required by their state to pursue continuing medical education (CME).

    CME is a requirement for good reason — it’s essential in an environment where change is constant. But medical professionals are already taking on higher caseloads than ever because of increased demand, which means CME has to fit into a busy lifestyle. That’s where mobile comes in.

    Two-thirds of physicians own a tablet or smartphone, and as many as 74 percent use smartphones for professional purposes, according to MobiHealthNews. It makes sense, then, that mobile apps for CME are growing among consumers and clinicians, as Modern Healthcare reports.

    As practitioners have less and less time to spend at conferences or in-person training events, CME resources have realized the need to migrate to a format that makes on-the-go education attainable, easy, and reliable.

    The 6 Best Apps for Earning Your CMEs

    So, what are a few ways you can earn CME on your mobile phone? Here are six tools to get you started:

    1. Medscape

    This resource from WebMD is an extremely high-rated app that has multiple functionalities even beyond providing accredited CME courses. Along with breaking medical news and disease information, it offers its more than one million users helpful features, such as:

    Cost: Free

    2. RealCME

    With more than one million active members, this app lets medical professionals attain their required CME right from a mobile device. RealCME offers interactive educational activities in various specialty topics, and they are frequently updated. Completed credits are tracked automatically and certificates are mailed directly to the recipient.

    Using this app, you can also:

    Cost: Free

    3. Mayo Clinic CME

    This app allows attendees of select Mayo Clinic meetings to browse speaker information and presentations, as well as slides from various sessions. Thanks to in-app features, you can even make notes on the slides right from your mobile device, which you can then access later for reference.

    Other features include:

    Cost: Free

    4. MyCME

    The MyCME app provides a tailored experience for a variety of medical professionals pursuing CME. The accredited courses accommodate physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, and other medical professionals. You can use your smartphone to easily navigate through CME activities, set up personalized goals, store your certificates, and stop/start activities without losing your place.

    Cost: While the app itself is free, a subscription to the content is $94.99/year with auto-renewal.

    5. MedPage Today

    With development from MedPage Today and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, this app includes free training for CME credits, updates on breaking medical news, actionable tips, and clinical perspectives that accompany news articles. More than 700,000 medical professionals already use this app for CME and to stay current on news and conferences.

    Cost: Free

    6. ReachMD CME

    On this exclusive XM satellite radio channel, you can use your mobile phone to access audio CME content on the go. This resource lets you listen to and take CME exams right on your phone, and it automatically updates with new CME programs that you can browse by keyword.

    Other features include:

    Cost: Free

    Mobile CME access represents an educational shift toward accommodation, simple collaboration, and mobile-friendly resources. And that’s a good thing: Now, more than ever, the demand placed on time is high within the medical industry. We can expect to see more tools like these in the future as technology integrates more seamlessly with ongoing educational requirements.

    5 Free Sites for Earning Your CME Credits

    Looking to earn your CME without spending in the process? These 5 resources are completely free.

    1. FreeCME.com

    freeCME.com has one of the broadest range of continuing education available for healthcare providers. Their easy-to-use web portal makes finding courses and tracking required credits fast and simple.

    2. CME List

    CME List holds access to a number of online free CME courses. From pain management to a course on the public health crisis of Ebola, you will find something to pique your interest while obtaining those CMEs!

    3. MyCME.com

    My CME is an online course compilation covering a broad range of specialties, including allergy, cardiology, emergency, and dermatology. Check out the site, and you will also enjoy access to a number of great resources, such as clinical charts, daily medical news, patient fact sheets, and more!

    4. Clinician1.com

    Clinician1 is an online professional networking forum for nurse practitioners and physician assistants exclusively. By becoming a member, you would have access to free CMEs, job listings geared to particular specialties, the latest medical news, informative posts, and a forum for discussion with your peers.

    5. Physicians Practice

    Physicians Practice is an online journal that offers subscribers the opportunity to earn CME credits for free. Simply read their articles and answer quiz questions located at CMELLC.com and you can earn as many as 12 credits annually.

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