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New Annual Session lecture series now on the Web with CME credit

From the June 2000 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2000 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

By Ingrid Palmer

Internists can now participate in one of Annual Session's newest features via the Web and earn CME credit in the process.

Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind, a series of short lectures that explores challenging contemporary medical issues, is now on the College's Web site at www. acponline.org. While lectures from the 1999 Annual Session in New Orleans are currently available, organizers soon hope to offer sessions from this year's Annual Session in Philadelphia.

Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind presentations at Annual Session have faculty address questions commonly asked by practicing internists on topics such as "Contemporary Issues with the Cardiac Patient." Speakers spend three to five minutes responding to each question and review the most recent clinical evidence available. Each presentation lasts roughly 30 minutes.

Ten topics from last year's Annual Session are included in the first online installment. The Web version of the series allows physicians to listen to a recording of each presentation while viewing the slides that were presented at the session. In a cardiac session that is currently on the Web, for instance, users can listen to the advice that faculty gave on the appropriate frequency of stress tests in asymptomatic patients with known coronary disease and type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Jeffrey P. Harris, FACP, the Governor of the College's Virginia Chapter, said that internists like Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind because the sessions examine "recurring, vexing questions that physicians deal with frequently, and the presentations by the faculty are concise." The series, which debuted at the 1998 Annual Session in San Diego and was developed by the College's Virginia Chapter, attracted more than 500 internists a day at this year's meeting.

Physicians who use the Web version can earn .5 category 1 CME credits per 30-minute lecture by answering a few questions at the end of each talk. While the Web version of the series is free, CME credit costs approximately $15 per credit hour. Users can download all necessary software to access the series from the College's Web site free of charge.

Currently, English versions of the 1999 lectures are available online. Dr. Harris said that the Spanish version could be available as early as mid-June. He also said that the chapter hopes to put Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind lectures from Annual Session 2000 online in the near future and hopes the series will eventually be translated into several additional languages.

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