Liberum IME is an independent medical education company that provides bespoke, innovative programmes based on the core principles of good CME practice in conjunction with expert faculty.
I’ve already mentioned the requirements to make content IME, but at Liberum we go above and beyond because we really want to provide quality education, by using our expertise in adult learning principles, along with our creativity.
IME/CME has been expanding in Europe and hence there are some providers such as Liberum who are working to set the standards and raise the bar for quality IME/CME. The Good CME practice group (gCMEp) was founded for that reason. We are members and we adhere to four principles of good independent education:
- Making sure education is appropriate
- that it’s fair and balanced
- transparent and
Let me explain further as to what these principles mean: appropriate education means that everything that we do originates from a thorough and up-to-date needs assessment. We then create learning objectives based on the needs to design programmes that follow the best practice principles for adult education.
The education must be fair and balanced. For example, if we are addressing a particular treatment option, we must discuss all of the therapeutics in the class, not just one in particular. We employ a peer review system to ensure this happens.
We also follow the four principles by being open about where the funding comes from, this wasn’t always the case in IME/CME in the past.
Most importantly we measure how effective our programmes really are – whether it’s knowledge change or even a clinical practice change. Again, this is something that is quite new in Europe.
We’re always looking for ways to invest in techniques that will appeal to HCPs and follow best practice for adult learning. Several members of the team, including myself, have degrees in education which inspires us to look a bit differently as to how we deliver our scientific content.