The arrival of a new year brings the opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months and set some goals and intentions for the year ahead. Whether you make resolutions or not, you’ve probably put some thought into how you’d like 2023 to go.
If you've rolled into January with a lot on your plate already, you may be worried about how to fit CME courses into your hectic schedule. You aren’t alone! Finding needed time is one of the primary obstacles to meeting CME requirements. Tracking your credits early in the year will make finding time for CME much more manageable.
Let’s look at 5 best practices physicians can follow to make the process of completing CME requirements more efficient and effective.
Create a calendar of your work schedule, appointments, and other obligations. Then, identify gaps in your schedule and plan to complete your CME during those free moments. Making CME part of your schedule will help ensure that you have enough time to earn your required credits.
Consider what you hope to learn or achieve through CME and select courses that align with those goals. Making sure your CME works for you will help you stick to the plan and view CME as a helpful tool rather than a speedbump in your busy day.
Look for Relevant Courses
Choose CME courses in your specialty area that are most relevant to your practice. Or, look for courses that target a special area of interest or address challenges you face with your patients. Use CME to expand your knowledge and help you improve patient interactions and enhance medical care.
Take Advantage of Online CME
While it might be nice to get away sometimes, attending conferences just isn’t the most efficient or effective way to earn CME. Online CME can help you stay current in your specialty and complete your credits when and where it's convenient for you.
Track Your Progress
This may seem like a no-brainer since you have to report your credit hours anyway - but an added benefit to keeping track of your credits is motivation. Checking things off your to-do list is a powerful motivator, and as you see the number of remaining credits decrease, you’ll be motivated to knock out the rest.
The bottom line is the earlier you start completing CME for 2023, the more you’ll get out of it. Relevant, high-yield content that’s easy to access and helps move you toward a goal? That’s a CME solution you can really use.
Get Easy-to-Use CME with Oakstone
Here at Oakstone CME, our New Year’s resolution is to continue providing CME programs that are oh-so-easy to use. We offer online CME in a wide range of specialty areas meant to fit both your learning style and your lifestyle.
Clinicians agree that CME is easy with Oakstone’s convenient online access, simple navigation, and concise content available in multiple formats. Plus, our convenient credit tracker keeps up with your progress.
Save time and keep it simple with Oakstone CME.