I couldn’t resist one last post before the holidays kick into full gear. I’ll make this a quick one (and no singing this time, I promise!)
After reading the ACCME’s newly released compendium of complaint summaries, it seemed like a good time to steal the “C’mon, man!” bit used by ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown crew. Every Monday they review the previous Sunday’s NFL games and pick-out the most boneheaded plays of the day. They show the play, explain why it’s so ridiculous, and end with an exasperated “C’mon, man!”
Reading through these complaint summaries, I noted at least three instances when the accredited CME provider failed to disclose the relevant financial relationships of their faculty, including one case where the faculty member was the employee of an ACCME-defined commercial interest. To this I say, “C’mon, man!”
I mean, really, this is about as basic as it gets when it comes to CME regulations. I have visions of the provider in question receiving the complaint and saying, “You mean we have to disclose this stuff? To our participants?? Since when???”
This kind of thing makes all of us in the CME community look bad, because the public lumps us all together. Seriously, if part of your Corrective Action plan involves the need to modify your forms so they collect information about whether a faculty member works for a commercial interest, you may have some major issues when reaccreditation time comes around.
I know mistakes will happen, but…c’mon, man!