Continuing medical education (CME)CME is essential in an environment where change is constant, like medicine. However, medical professionals often can't manage to put many activities in their already heavy workloads. But, CME is required and it has to fit into a busy lifestyle somehow.
Luckily there's a mobile platform that makes earning CME a lot easier. It is estimated that about two-thirds of physicians own a mobile device (either tablet or smartphone), and about 75 percent use mobile phones for professional purposes.
Thanks to many mobile medical apps, providers can earn CME on their mobile phones. Here, we listed some of the best apps to help you catch up with your CME/CE credits.
RealCME is one of the best known and most popular apps that help providers fulfill continuing medical education (CME/CE) requirements and stay up to date with the latest medical developments.
According to the app's creators, more than 300,000 health professionals rely on RealCME mobile app.
RealCME app offers the wide variety of unique, interactive continuing medical education activities across numerous specialty topics, with new activities added frequently.
These patient-based activities are added frequently and they're accredited by many medical institutions.
The activities integrate authentic decision-making opportunities, peer-to-peer interactions, and expert discussions. The app gives users the opportunity to manage patients over multiple visits and settings, and view how their selections compare with those chosen by the faculty and other users.
RealCME app supports personal CME toolset to help users track credits and scores, compare their scores to other users, and set and track goals.
Completed credits are tracked automatically in each user's personal CME toolset and copies of their certificates are directly emailed to them.
RealCME also supports another CME app called MDLinxCME app, which offers similar features. Both RealCME and MDLinxCME apps are available on Android and iOS for free.
myCME app is a relatively new resource of continuing medical education for healthcare professionals, which is also available as a free app for Android and iOS phones and tablets.
This app provides certified and accredited education from a variety of institutions to physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals.
myCME app allows healthcare professionals to choose from relevant activities tailored to various medical professions and specialties, navigate through activities and claim credit straight from the app, view their progress, upload and store all of their CME/CE certificates from any source, and more.
The app also included different subscriptions modes available via in-app purchases.
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Medscape CME & Education App
Medscape Education is one of the leading sources for online and mobile continuing medical education, issuing millions of certificates, across more than 30 specialties.
Their Medscape CME & Education app helps healthcare professionals across the country stay up to date with the latest medical information while fulfilling continuing education (CME, CE, ABIM MOC) requirements right from their mobile devices.
The app allows users to choose from a wide selection of activities across the variety of clinical topics, each with a set of benefits to meet their educational needs.
Medscape CME & Education app is accredited and all of the courses in the app are independently developed by a team of scientists who work in cooperation with leading faculty from major academic institutions.
The huge bonus for this app is that all of its content is available for free on both Android and iOS devices.
MedPage Today app provides medical professionals with the high-quality medical news, daily coverage of over 30 specialties, annual coverage of over 60 meetings and symposia, as well as the opportunities for physicians, residents and other healthcare professionals to get continuing medical education (CME) credits for free.
To earn CME credits, users need to read, hear, or view the information in articles indicated with green CME letters below the article title. After reading the article, users need to take a post-test and correctly answer all the questions, and complete an evaluation form.
Each of these articles requires users to read CME information before reading. This information contains the number of CME/CE credits that can be earned, article release data along with the expiration date, estimated time for completion, program overview, etc.
MedPage Today app also contains more than 90 featured CME articles that link to external sources, and require users to login with their MedPage Today Account.
After completing the CME activity, the app provides users with an information on how they can print their certificate of participation.
MedPage Today app is available on iOS and Android for free.
Read by QxMD app provides high-quality point-of-care tools for practicing health care professionals, helping them easily and quickly find and read medical journal articles for various specialties, as well as earn and CME credits for their activities.
To do be able to track their CME credits using this app, medical professionals need to provide complete profile including name, profession, specialty, and their location/ZIP.
Read by QxMD app makes access to educational materials a lot easier thanks to 1-tap access, which is available for hundreds of universities in USA and Canada.
The app is available for free on iOS and Android.
Airway EX App
Airway EX app is a virtual 3D simulator that enables medical professionals, particularly anesthesiologists and CRNAs to practice airway procedures and intubation skills in realistic surgical scenarios, which are recreated from real patient surgeries.
The app also provides a new modality for continuing medical education (CME), offering AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for completing airway procedures cases in the app.
However, while the app is free on iOS and Android, CME opportunities are available as an in-app purchase for $0.99.