We all hear the term “new normal”. The new normal for podiatry CME is on-line, virtual lectures. At least for the immediate future.
This may not be a bad thing. No more losing travel days and office hours. No more hotel bills. It should be cheaper, not bad at a time of decreased patient volumes, decreased surgeries, decreased office revenues.
We know that virtual CME requirements can be met without the worry of getting ill from transmissible diseases.
Worried about people actually listening to the lectures ? Did you ever compare the number of people actually in the lecture halls with the number of people registered for a live on site meeting ?
Other than the appointed time for “scanning”, it’s hard to tell in many lecture halls if greater than 100 people are registered for any meeting. Attendance has never been enforced , at least not effectively. Conversely, it’s easy to enforce attendance with virtual meetings using random, unannounced “check ins” verifying the registrant is actually listening. I suspect those accustomed to the Presents, Mid-West, IFAF, Region whatever APMA meetings will not be comfortable with virtual education and its somewhat enforced attendance. That is, if the virtual CME providers enforce CPME rules.
It’s a good thing that the old lecture crews made their money previously. Gone are the Dermagraft and Jublia $2,500. lecturer fees. Gone are the breakfast, lunch, dinner lectures at which the “leaders of the profession” made Warren Joseph and Hal Ornstein hundreds of thousands of dollars. Oftentimes millions.
Virtual CME should be less expensive. The organizers have no hotel bills. They pay the speakers no travel fees. Alas, no free party for the meeting organizers.
And the poor exhibitors ! You know, the people who still refer to podiatry seminars as “shows”. The seminar hucksters will cry about lost exhibitor income. So what ?
They have less bills to pay. Other than paying speakers, seminars would be “virtually free”.
Always rapidly adjusting to the times, the crooks and shysters and hucksters have already adjusted in Darwinian manner. “Free CME” which is basically a sales pitch for some drug or product is already spreading like the inside of a toilet bowl following a bout of explosive diarrhea. Just check your e-mails or PM News. The parade of self serving academically unaccomplished former APMA presidents and future presidents are already hawking their wares on line. Like the rat population overwhelming New York City, they have quickly found new ways to cannibalize their young to survive. The content of virtual CME can be manipulated by commercial and self serving interests just as easily as these interests are manipulated with on site CME programs. Lecturemercials are already running rampant.
Baseball, Football, Basketball will still make their money without fans in the seats. So will those who have manipulated the podiatry CME world. Talar Tuesday anybody ? Presents “free education” anyone?
Foot typing education required ? Hell, you’ve got two women already running a website telling you where to go for education, with a list of contributors that reads like a who’s who of podiatry grifters.
If the new normal is virtual CME, new rules and regulations must be developed and ENFORCED. Not the same ineffective farce that has been allowed to exist previously.
Use the new normal to recruit more M.D. and Ph.D speakers, as it will now be more convenient for them to present materials. And they won’t have to worry about the embarrassment of being seen with a group of podiatrists. Use the new normal to rid the profession of the leeches and rodents who have manipulated podiatry education for their own personal gain for years. Use the new normal to incorporate the many excellent non-DPM materials already available.
So you miss the fellowship and bar times ? Well the bars are closed. The restaurants are closed. If you want a good time invite your podiatry friends to join you on a vacation.
Those who claim they learn more by the social interactions at a meeting than in the lecture hall are speaking volumes about the quality of podiatry CME.
Relax. Enjoy the comfort of CME at your home or office.
Hope that the meeting organizers use the moment to improve the quality of education and divest commercial influence.
The reality ? At the present, why would you risk the health of yourself or your family to travel and attend a “live meeting”.
State boards and CPME need to make appropriate regulatory adjustments. Immediately !
It’s the new normal. No free cookies or donuts. No free wound care bullshit breakfast meeting. No free latest in unnecessary and expensive orthopedic vexation lunches.
And dinners. No more free hats, umbrellas, pens. Do not fret. The old time salespeople will return to your offices with breakfast and lunch to compensate.
It’s the new normal.