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What would you change about the sponsors conference?

More specific information.
Beginner option to walk through the process with actually requirement by requirement review including Specialty Credits.
Include more round table discussions, distribute samples of useful tools, decrease cost.
Give more examples of forms and an actual handbook of guidelines.
Knowing the locations for the conferences in advance so we are able to choose the most economical to attend.
Be more specific for benefit of the newbie. Involve more sponsors in "how to" presentations and fewer AOA staff.
roundtables focusing on state specific issues/questions
Time and location -- CME department could offer on line webinars dealing with specific issues to deal with nuts and bolts.
More useful information with better guidance so we can do exactly as they wish rather than vague instructions that have us all singing from a different sheet of music.
I have never been to a sponsors conference. When NYSOMS goes--usually every three years-- I always send the person who handles the CME. However, with all the hubbub about CME lately, I was tentatively planning to attend the next one so I could get up to speed.
The AOA staff often seems unclear about the answers to goo, logical questions. This makes it very confusing for the sponsors, and difficutl to ensure we do the right thing.
More "how-to's" and presentations by CME sponsors who have been identified as good examples (such as the session in LA explaining how to do an outcomes survey). Don't focus on things that should be directed at the physicians or that don't apply across the US (i.e. the only people who care or need to know what Florida's topic-specific requirements are are those who practice in Florida). More presentations by those actually doing the CME reporting/tracking for the CME sponsor, rather than physicians, who don't actually have anything to do with the process, reading provided slide sets.
It is the same information each year, with one or two new highlights.

I think "workshop" type lectures would be helpful... Actually show us how AOA would like the Needs Assessment to look.
I would not have the CME Sponsors meet with the Osteopathic Medical Educators (because of differing needs). Much of the information relayed is not necessary or incorrect. The valuable information shared could be done via webinar or 1 day meeting (in conjunction with another meeting). The cost of registration seems excessive when you add it to the travel and meals.
More hands-on and how-to demonstrations of what is needed to comply with sponsor requirements.
Make it available as a livestream webinar so that those with limited funds for travel may participate every year.
I would change the focus from a review of CME rules to providing resources for sponsors to create high quality CME programs...The rule reviews should be made more clear in the guiding documents so less time is taken at conferences explaining the rules.
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