With the medical field constantly evolving, it’s important for physicians to grow with it. Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses allow people within the health realm to stay up-to-date with the latest and best ways to treat their patients. With the popularity of online medical education courses rising, we’ve developed a list of pros and cons to help you decide whether an online course is right for you.
- Versatility– Online CME courses allow for more creative means of learning. A virtual class could include anything from interactive quizzes, video role plays, expert interviews and detailed, close-up demonstrations. Also, since the course is digital, the transfer of supplemental files is much simpler than in-person courses, since you can download materials directly to your computer.
- Cost – Online Continuing Medical Education courses are, in general, more cost effective than in-person classes. Plus, if the courses of your choice aren’t offered near you, finding an online class saves additional money associated with travel costs.
- Comfortable Environment – Since everything is sent to you electronically, you can even complete the course in the comfort of your own home or in a setting of your choice.
- Credits – If a course is accredited, you can receive CME credits from a top-notch CME provider, regardless of where you’re physically located.
- Interaction– For participants preferring a more traditional face-to-face interaction, online courses may not be an equal substitute. Interaction with the teacher will most likely take place via email throughout the course.
- Accountability – In-person courses naturally put a little more pressure on their participants to pay attention, take notes and respond where appropriate. For online courses, you need the self-discipline to make sure your mind doesn’t wander and you’re attending all necessary courses.
- Formatting – It’s possible you could run into Wi-Fi problems or technical issues while taking the course, which would disrupt the process.
- Facility –Taking an online course wouldn’t allow you to be exposed to different technologies or experience new settings. The Nicholson Center provides a state-of-the-art facility to train clinicians and is located at the heart of medical innovation.
The Nicholson Center offers both in-person and online CME courses to meet your specific healthcare training needs. We utilize surgical and clinical experts within our campus hospital system to design and customize your healthcare training. Visit the Nicholson Center website to view upcoming events or find out more about our CME classes.