How to Get the Most Out of Your CME Budget or CME Allowance: Best CME Deals
So, you have CME dollars to spend before they go 'poof?' Let's take a look at the best CME budget deals available so you can spend your CME allowance most wisely.
Many physicians, even some nurse practitioners and physician assistants, are lucky enough to have a CME budget - sometime called a CME stipend or CME allowance - for educational purposes for the calendar year. Sometimes these CME dollars need to be spent each year or they simply disappear when time runs out. CME budget cycles usually begin and end either on June 30th or December 31st. This is why you'll see a lot of great CME deals and packages offered just prior to those CME deadline dates. Nobody wants to see "free money" disappear so board review and CME providers have come up with some every worthwhile CME budget options to help physicians and others spend their CME dollars and maximize their CME funds.
First of all, it's worth noting that CME purchases, in general, may be tax-deductible. As long as the purchase is specifically indicated for educational use, you can usually deduct any out of pocket expense. You should consult your tax advisor.
That being said, if you have a CME budget through your employer or organization that needs to be used, your CME department will likely be the gatekeepers to what's allowed. Again, for the most part, as long as the purchase is for the purpose of CME, you're likely good to go.
Best CME Budget Ideas:
The standard discounts.
Going around the popular brands, BoardVitals, Rosh Review, Med-Challenger and others, you're bound to find discounts on board review and CME credit courses. However, Med-Challenger takes an interesting approach in that whatever you purchase never has to be re-bought. You have the option to pay a minimal membership fee for annual use from there on. That saves money after the discount purchase. BoardVitals doesn't offer a year long access period and Rosh Review is more a set of questions with no adaptive algorithms to help guide you and save time. Both BoardVitals and Rosh Review require full price repurchases. Med-Challenger does not. So, in the future, with Med-Challenger you'll likely to have CME funds remain free for other uses next year.
The multi-course packages.
With the added buying power of a CME budget, larger multi-resource "packages" are attractive. Here BoardVitals does offer a longer access period, but that's about it. There's no additional content. Rosh Review doesn't really carry annual MOC resources such as LLSA review for emergency physicians to CKSA review for family physicians. So, there's not much of a collection to be had.
Med-Challenger offers an array of course collections called PRO packages. These are more ideal because they tend to cover all the exam and MOC needs in a specialty, including annual MOC resources, specialized CME requirements for state requirements and other requirements for specialized workplace settings. Med-Challenger's NP PRO bundle for example contains both FNP and ENP courses. Pediatrics PRO contains general Pediatrics and Pediatric EM. The savings are profound when you price out these premium resources.
PRO packages are offered in EM, FM, IM, Pediatrics, NP and PA. They are already provide up to 55% in savings - and you can apply additional savings on top of that. They're worth a look.
If you already own any titles in any PRO package, contact us for special upgrade discount pricing.
ALERT - Free gift card packages are uncool.
Until recently, it was fairly common for top-brand CME providers to offer free gift card options of vast amounts with certain CME packages. There is a movement away from these gimmicks, and we are part of it.
In light of the struggles of pandemics impacting already budget-strapped hospital systems and organizations who foot CME budget bills, Med-Challenger has decided to drop these types of free gift card offers. This effort has since been echoed by the ACCME and most CME activity joint-sponsor organizations to protect the well-being of the entire healthcare community. Not only are such offers commonly the target of fraudulent activity, they are essentially cannibalistic. On financial, operational, and moral grounds, such offers are simply not worth it to us. WE SERVE THOUSANDS of physicians, nurses, PAs, students and institutions annually, so to us there is no need for these gimmicks.
If you see a gift card offer today, out of courtesy to your peers, organization, and healthcare at large, please pass it by. The ACCME is actively watching for these offers and those who participate in them.
Best CME Idea? Contact us for a custom fit MOC and CME package - and price!
If you REALLY want the absolute best MOC or CME package - contact Med-Challenger for a custom fit consult. Everyone's career is different and ever-evolving. Med-Challenger is uniquely positioned to create a custom package of assets that you can use every year and never have to re-buy. You plan can be changed as your needs do. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-676-0822. Our representatives have years of experience and will likely get you the best price possible!
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