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Continuing Medical Education (CME) Report Ambika Babu, MD, MS. ; Chairperson, Medical & Health Committee Continuing Medical Education (CME) is part of a physician's continuing professional development. It is necessary to maintain licensure, keep up with advances in medicine and with changes in the delivery of care. A CME course was offered to physicians for the first time in a VSNA annual convention.

The CME committee then coordinated with registration committee, to organize all materials needed for onsite registration. The program began as scheduled at 8:30am on July 3rd 2009 with registration and breakfast. After the opening remarks by me and moderator Dr. Chandramouli, Dr. Sunil Desai spoke on “Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular disease“. This was followed by my talk "Can we prevent Diabetes? Challenges and Solutions". After short break, the group reconvened for the next talk on "Medical Decision making and Communication at the end of life" by Dr. Bangalore Murthy. This was followed by "Update on Urinary incontinence" by Dr. Rajeev Kumar and “Cardiovascular disease in Chronic Kidney Disease" by Dr. Neetha Dhananjaya. After concluding remarks by Dr. Rajeev Kumar and collection of CME evaluation forms, the attendees were invited to lunch.

The CME committee organized and coordinated the efforts to conduct a CME course for physicians and a health workshop for all convention attendees during the 32nd Annual VSNA convention at Chicago. Both these events included discussions on interesting topics in various medical specialties. The CME course was focused towards delivering professional level discussions for doctors and the health care workshop was geared towards imparting knowledge to general attendees. In preparation for these programs, the CME committee held several teleconferences to determine the specific goals for each program, to decide on the speakers and topics to be offered. This activity was planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the Chicago Medical Society and VSNA. We then went through the process of preparing the documentation necessary for obtaining CME accreditation. Though it required detailed paper work, the committee was able to put them together well in time and we obtained approval several months ahead of the set date. The Chicago Medical Society designated this educational activity for a maximum of 3 category 1 credits towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.

The CME committee also organized a health workshop for general attendees. We started the health workshop with a talk on “Benefits of smoking cessation” by Dr. Shankar Patil, followed by “Silent Eye disease in adults: Importance of early detection and treatment” by Dr. Veena Arun. Dr. Chandrashekar Kumbar educated the attendees on “Sudden Cardiac arrest: What a lay person can do” and Dr. Vijay Doshetty spoke on “High cholesterol levels: How to treat it”. All the discussions in both the CME course and during the health workshop were very interactive and received good reviews. Post- CME activity included compiling of data collected from the evaluation forms by Vaishak Babu and submission of all documentation to Chicago Medical Society. We successfully concluded this course by the attendees receiving CME certificates from Chicago Medical Society 6 weeks later.

The course information was announced in our convention website and a meeting notice was sent by mail to all VSNA convention attendees. In addition, a formal invitation was also sent to all VSNA physicians via email informing them of the opportunity that they could make use of while attending the convention. The attendees were given three choices to register: by mail, online and onsite.

I would like to thank all the speakers and CME attendees for sharing their insightful thoughts leading to very informative discussions. Thanks to the Convention Chair, Mrs. Bhavani Moodabagil and all the CME committee members for their support. And lastly, thanks to my co-chairs Dr. Sunil Desai and Dr. Rajeev Kumar who endeavored to make the CME and health workshops a great success!!


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Supplement to ARIVU Souvenir of 2009 VSNA Chicago Convention.


Supplement to ARIVU Souvenir of 2009 VSNA Chicago Convention.