Should the Continuous Medical Educations be made compulsory for all doctors?
In response to a RTI application, it has surfaced that the Ayurveda doctors are not under any compulsion to attend the Continuous Medical Educations (CME). The possibility of CME being introduced soon cannot be ruled out. CMEs have been criticised:
- Instead of discussing latest researches and techniques, a few old topics are discussed.
- Some of the CMEs have turned into picnics and sight seeing events for the doctors.
- Sometimes, the charges from every delegate are too hefty.
- Fun and frolic takes over the CMEs at times specially when conducted at five star hotels, preceded by banquets and dance sequences.
- With the pharmaceutical companies sponsoring the events/ doctors, the chances of ethical malpractice increases.
- Some people have started fudging their presence.
There is no doubt that the credit hours and CMEs were introduced with good intentions. An academic programme should be kept strictly academic to enable an increase in competence.