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Hematology/Oncology Fellow Preferences: Continuing Medical Education (CME)

In order to identify the continuing medical education needs and preferences of hematology/oncology fellows, i3 Health administered a survey to participants at several live CME-certified visiting faculty meetings. i3 Health intends to use the results gathered from the survey in the planning and implementation of CME-certified activities.

Of the 54 participants who completed surveys, 80% felt that they had adequate time for self-education activities during their fellowship program, compared with 20% who disagreed. Similarly, 80% felt that there were an adequate number of self-education opportunities available. Nearly all (96%) indicated that the opinions of nationally recognized experts were important in clinical decision making. Ninety-two percent felt inclined to make practice changes based on education received via live meetings, whereas fewer felt inclined to make practice changes based on education received via print activities (70%), web-based activities (66%), and mobile apps (63%).

In regard to learning environment, most participants (85%) indicated a preference for educational activities held in intimate settings where peer-to-peer dialogue with other fellows and faculty is invited and encouraged. Eighty-nine percent preferred activities intended specifically for hematology/oncology fellows, and 85% preferred meetings organized by the chief fellow. Respondents indicated local meetings (74%), national conferences (59%), and regional conferences (44%) as their top three preferred formats for receiving continuing medical education.

Overall, most hematology/oncology fellows feel that they have adequate time and opportunities for self-education. They feel that continuing medical education geared specifically toward fellows in the form of live meetings where peer-to-peer dialogue is encouraged will further optimize their educational development. 

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