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SUBJECT: New Web site promises Canada-wide access to Continuing Medical Education courses for physicians
DATE: March 21, 2003

{Dr. Steve Darcy}
Dr. Steve Darcy is a family physician in Brookfield, Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, who uses MDcme.ca for continuing medical education.
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Memorial University of Newfoundland's Office of Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, is pleased to announce the launch of MDcme.ca, an online portal for Continuing Medical Education (CME) for Canadian physicians. Originally developed by Memorial University's Faculty of Medicine under the name RuralMDcme.ca, the new Web site will extend its reach to all Canadian physicians by offering a broad range of accredited courses and covering a variety of therapeutic areas, including diagnostic and patient management skills.

MDcme.ca is being developed in partnership with six other Canadian university medical schools, including the University of British Columbia, the University of Ottawa, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, Queen's University, and Dalhousie University. Among the major financial contributors to the project are Health Canada, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency through its Atlantic Innovation Fund and Pfizer Canada.

"This public and private sector partnership is very important in expanding this Memorial University-led program," said the dean of medicine for Memorial University, Dr. Ian Bowmer. "We hope to increase our external partnerships while continuing to develop all course content independently by the university partners."

The assistant dean for Continuing Medical Education at Memorial, Dr. Ean Parsons, said it is exciting to see Memorial's original site grow into a national program for physicians who, for reasons of time or distance, cannot attend on-site continuing medical education. "By the end of 2004, we hope to add another 20 courses to the current five on-line programs and include other Canadian medical schools as partners."

MDcme.ca will address the professional development needs of family physicians across Canada through the provision of accredited and accessible continuing medical education courses. "Online access to CME courses is a convenient way for me to pursue accredited courses," said Dr. Steve Darcy, a family physician in Brookfield, Newfoundland, a community of about 2,000 people located a four-and-a-half hour drive away from St. John's. "I can complete the courses in my own time, without having to travel or take time away from my practice."

Features of MDCME.ca will include:

  • Broad range of online CME courses
  • Accredited and fully interactive courses between physicians and specialists
  • Access to medical libraries
  • Networking opportunities for physicians
  • Resources and links
  • CD versions of on-line courses for physicians who do not have access to the Internet
  • Practice Web site creation
  • Courses that are easy to navigate
  • Up-to-date continuing medical education

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