OK, so I am not exactly broke but I once was, and I am always treading a fine line.
I have two children, a wife working part-time, a struggling retirement account, a car payment, a house payment and, to top it off, I don't receive a CME stipend from my employer!
So, I am always looking to save money where I can. Especially, when it comes to CME, which can be very expensive.
Also, this year I had to pay for my DEA license, renew my California PA license, and I have to pay the NCCPA for the privilege of their accreditation.
This has brought my total bill to well over $1,200.
I hated to do it, but I have had to opt out of my AAPA membership and CAPA because I just couldn't afford it.
CME on The Cheap (And Down-Low)
So, I am going to let you in on two + resources that will allow you to get all your CME for less than $245 per year.
Saving you time, frustration, and most of all, money!
1. The PRIMED Medical Conference
Web Site: www.pri-med.com
A colleague of mine introduced me to PRIMED years ago and I have never looked back.
It is an excellent source of top-notch information and is good for about 35 category 1 CME credits. What's the best part? The cost to attend the Primed Conference is about $45 (early registration) for the entire four-day event!
It is subsidized by the pharmaceutical companies, and this is obvious from the start. But I find the CME to be timely and (although at times biased) very good, the event is enormous, and the food, services, and people are wonderful.
They have five large conferences every year covering the entirety of the United States along with several smaller "regional" meetings.
In my opinion, it is the only conference to go to if you have to pay for CME out-of-pocket. And if you don't? Well then enjoy the best conference you can attend (preferably someplace warm and exotic) and stay at the Marriott.
I will be thinking of you while I am at the Motel 6.
2. American Family Physician (AAFP) Journal
Web Site: www.aafp.org
With an AAFP membership, you can accrue all the CME you need every two years without exception.
A digital-only membership is $130 per year, allows you to stay up to date with all general health topics, and is just an all-around fantastic resource.
I started reading the AAFP journal in PA school for the information, now I read it for both the CME and the articles. It is a great medical journal and is big on CME.
It is the best deal in town!
AFP Digital-only Subscription
- One year digital access
- AFP Journal App
- More than 130 CME/CE credits
- AFP by Topic and Podcasts
3. CME For The Fun of It: Prescriber's Letter
Web Site: www.prescribersletter.com
If you stopped at the above two recommendations, you will be good for all your CME needs.
But, I include The Prescribers Letter, because it offers an incredible wealth of information and provides a lot of high-quality CME.
I choose to subscribe in digital format. It keeps me up to date and has a wonderful, searchable database that will make you a top-notch, better informed PA.
I can't recommend prescriber's letter enough, for unbiased research and great clinical pearls!
**Update for 2017: the price for Prescribers Letter Gold 1-year subscription is $129 (still a good deal)