Purpose of review
In the rapidly evolving and complex field of inpatient diabetes, complex care teams of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and pharmacists are challenged to remain well informed of the latest clinical treatments and health care trends. Traditional continuing medical education (CME) and continuing education unit (CEU) strategies that require travel and/or time away from work pose a major barrier. With advancements in technology, there are media and other electronic strategies for delivering CME/ CEU that may overcome these current challenges.
Electronic and internet-based formats are growing due to their convenience, ease of use, lower cost, and ready access to large audiences. Some formats are already being used such as computer-based programs, simulations, and mobile CMEs and CEUs. Other strategies could be further explored including hospital credentialing, stewardship programs, and interdisciplinary health care professional education. However, there is little data on the utilization and efficacy of these newer formats.
While traditional CME/CEU meetings prevail, there is a need and an emerging trend using electronic and internet based strategies that are particularly suited for inpatient diabetes education. These methods show great potential and deserve further exploration and development.