Continuing medical education (CME) Brushing up on knowledge – made simple
Bauerfeind issued 2,766 certificates for successfully completed CME modules in 2016 alone. However, the company’s range of training courses isn’t only popular among those looking to top up their number of CME points. Instead, physicians and orthotists from Germany and abroad relish the opportunity to refresh or build on their knowledge in a wide range of fields.
In Germany, practice-based physicians and specialists working in hospitals are required to undertake regular further training and in order to remain licensed practitioners may be required to prove to their local State Chamber of Physicians (Landesärztekammer) that they have collected 250 CME points every five years. Bauerfeind supports physicians to achieve this target by providing free CME training backed up by scientific research in its areas of expertise. Physicians can use this training to acquire basic knowledge about disease symptoms, their early detection and treatment or to refresh their knowledge about rare indications and specialist topics in the field of orthopedics.
Compiled in partnership with medical experts, the training courses are also suitable for use at large training events, such as medical seminars and symposia. Moreover, many physicians and orthotists find the well-researched materials helpful when preparing presentations. Bauerfeind also makes its CME courses available in English-language PDFs for its partners worldwide (see information box).
Healthcare professionals generally have limited time to complete their own continuing medical education. “We need to offer easily digestible training content that is quick to read, especially in the field of conservative treatment ,” says Prof. Dr. med. Dipl. oec. Bernhard Greitemann, Medical Director of Münsterland rehabilitation center and author of the “Technical Orthopedics” CME course (see interview below). “Technical orthopedics continues to play an important role in orthopedic treatments. This is particularly the case when surgery is not an option or needs to be combined with other treatment methods, such as rehabilitation.” The training includes information on the underlying mechanisms of action of orthoses for the upper and lower extremities and presents various types of othosis in detail. This gives physicians an insight into topics that do not form part of traditional medical training. The training is also of interest to orthotists, as it enables them to brush up on their knowledge of indications and pathologies.
Sacroiliac joint and spine are firm favorites
Bauerfeind offers specialist training courses in orthopedics on the topics of anatomy, pathology, diagnostics and the treatment of individual joints and parts of the body.The modules on the sacroiliac joint and spine are the most popular. The CME course on the knee joint and proprioception, which is one of Bauerfeind’s key areas of expertise, was created by Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Sell , Chief Physician at the Black Forest Joint Center at Neuenbürg Hospital , Germany. In this module, he explains how the proprioceptive system works and why it is important. The course covers the interaction between joint stability, motor control and proprioception, familiarizing readers with body parts such as Merkel’s discs and Ruffini corpuscles.
Bauerfeind’s CME courses also include modules on phlebology and lymphology. Prof. Dr. med. Michael Jünger from Greifswald University Hospital , Germany, has written a training module providing general information about venous disorders as well as a course covering the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of venous leg ulcers. Prof. Dr. med. Markus Stücker from the Vein Center at the Dermatological and Venous Surgery Clinic in Bochum, Germany, wrote the CME course on lymphedema, which covers the anatomy of the lymphatic system, pathophysiology, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Bauerfeind’s CME courses are self-paced and can be studied on training portals or using printed CME booklets. The modules on the shoulder, spine, sacroiliac joint , ankle and phlebology can be downloaded (login required) from www.my-cme.de. The “Knee and Proprioception”, “Technical Orthopedics”, “Lymphedema”, “Wrist and Thumb”, and “Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis” modules can be downloaded from www.cme-medipoint.de (no login required). The Chambers of Physicians in Hesse and Bavaria award two CME points for each module. The points are awarded after successful completion of a final test , which must be filled in and sent to the coordinating agency.
www.bauerfeind.de/cmeThe training can be accessed online at
www.my-cme.de and www.cme-medipoint.de
Printed booklets are available from the Bauerfeind field sales team or by calling customer services on
+49 (0) 800-0 01 05 20.
The English-language PDFs can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org