Review of Continuing Medical Education in Tick-Borne Disease for Front-Line Providers

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Lyme and Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory, Medical Education

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PRiMER (Leawood, Kan.)


INTRODUCTION: Considering increasing rates of tick-borne diseases (TBDs) in the United States, we investigated the scope of continuing medical education (CME) available to physicians on these infections. METHODS: We surveyed online medical board and society databases serving front-line primary and emergency/urgent care providers for the availability of TBD-specific CME between March 2022 and June 2022. We recorded and analyzed opportunity title, author, web address, publication year, learning objectives, CME credit values, and CME credit type. RESULTS: We identified 70 opportunities across seven databases. Thirty-seven opportunities focused on Lyme disease; 17 covered nine non-Lyme TBDs, and 16 covered general topics on TBDs. Most activities were hosted through family medicine and internal medicine specialty databases. CONCLUSION: These findings suggest limited availability of continuing education for multiple life-threatening TBDs of increasing importance in the United States. Increasing the availability of CME materials covering the broad scope of TBDs in targeted specialty areas is essential for increased content exposure and a necessary step to ensure our clinical workforce is adequately prepared to address this growing public health threat.

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