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Expanding clinicians’ access to Continuing Education

Starting today and for the first time, clinicians will be able to claim continuing medical and nursing education credits on YouTube.

As all medical professionals know, your education doesn’t stop when you graduate school. In fact, today’s healthcare landscape moves so quickly, it’s more important than ever for clinicians to stay up-to-date with the latest skills, best practices and research. Clinicians are already using YouTube to find high quality healthcare content, and starting today, they’ll be able to watch videos and claim Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits.

The Harvard Medical School Continuing Education channel on YouTube delivers authoritative, trustworthy information to health care providers across the spectrum of practice. Starting today, content on the HMS Continuing Education channel is eligible for clinicians to claim towards meeting their CME requirements. CME credits are required for doctors in the U.S. to maintain their license and certifications, and learn the latest news and information in their respective fields. Historically, clinicians have faced a number of hurdles to maintaining credits, like travel time and costs to attend conferences.

We aim to lower the barriers to obtaining CME and CNE credits and make continuing medical education more accessible by meeting clinicians where they already are – on YouTube.”

We aim to lower the barriers to obtaining CME and CNE credits and make continuing medical education more accessible by meeting clinicians where they already are – on YouTube. Doctors and nurses can claim credit by watching designated playlists and videos on HMS’s YouTube channel, completing a short post-test and evaluation, and submitting payment.

With HMS’s comprehensive content library featuring world-renowned experts and faculty, clinicians can get credit for watching videos on topics relevant to their specialties, like cardiovascular medicine or ultrasound diagnostics, as well as broader issues in medicine such as healthcare disparities. At launch, nine playlists are eligible for CME and CNE credits, with 100 videos already uploaded to the channel and more to come.

Importantly, this content is not only available to clinicians – it’s live on YouTube for anybody to watch, bringing authoritative medical resources and information from a world-renowned medical school to a global audience.

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This path for continuing medical education builds upon YouTube’s commitment to both expand access to learning and support new ways for licensed healthcare professionals to reach more people. Earlier this year, YouTube partnered with Arizona State University and Crash Course to launch Study Hall, an affordable and accessible program to earn college credit. And in 2022, we opened applications for doctors, nurses, and medical institutions to make their channels eligible for our health product features.

We’re excited to keep the momentum going with this next phase in our work to empower learners and help people be more informed and engaged about their health.

Top image: Dr. Lee-Shing Chang, associate physician and an endocrinologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 

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