Continuing education Courses

There are now several courses in the U.S. that offer medical providers – doctors, nurses, social workers and physical, occupational, and speech therapists – the opportunity to receive continuing education credits for learning about myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome. 

Spread the word! Let your healthcare providers know about these courses. Not enough providers are knowledgeable about ME, are informed about effective treatments, or practice compassionate care. Please pass along the following courses:

Post-viral syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS): what every clinician needs to knowPost-viral syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis: what every clinician needs to know

This course is hosted and funded by the New York State Department of Health Clinical Education Initiative. Led by ME/CFS expert Dr. David Kaufman, this course highlights the connection between ME/CFS and viral infection, identifying the diseases as an important clinical and public health problem in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and other viral outbreaks.  It also discusses differential diagnosis and strategies for symptom management, including common comorbidities and conditions.
The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Take the NYS DOH Course with Dr. Kaufman

Post-Viral ME/CFS: Diagnosing and Treating ME/CFS in the Time of COVID

Many are experiencing long-term symptoms in the wake of COVID-19. While some may be diagnosed with other post-viral diseases and others will recover, many COVID “long haulers” meet the diagnostic criteria for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). What we know about ME/CFS has grown by leaps and bounds since the National Academy of Medicine report and the resulting surge in clinical research, making it the perfect time to refresh your knowledge of this complex chronic disease.

#MEAction and the University of Rochester presented this seminar as a Grand Rounds in January 2021.

This course is certified for 1 CME credit for MS, MD, MPH, PhD, Social Work through April 8, 2021. Unfortunately, CME credit is no longer available, but the materials can be accessed by clicking below.

Visit our landing page to access the course

Showing of UNREST at the Regent Theatre in Arington, MA Unrest CME 

Unfortunately, the Unrest CME has now expired. However, you can still recommend the film to your provider and the associated materials are still available. The film is accessible right now on Netflix and can be found here.

Visit the UNREST CME Landing Page

Researchers and clinicians sitting at a podium CDC CME/CE

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched its third Medscape continuing medical education (CME) course for healthcare providers called, “Diagnosing Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Experts Weigh In.”

The goal is to increase recognition of symptoms of ME/CFS by using the Institute of Medicine (IOM) diagnostic criteria for patient assessment. The faculty include Lucinda Bateman, MD, Natalie Azar, MD, Nancy Klimas, MD and José Montoya, MD. 

The video is intended for all healthcare providers with an emphasis on the primary care providers. The course, hosted by Medscape, provides CME/CE credit.

Take the CDC Course

Accredited Course for physical, occupational, and speech therapists

The Workwell Foundation and Medbridge Education are offering the first-ever accredited course on ME/CFS for physical, occupational, and speech therapists.  

The course is taught by Todd Davenport, PT, DPT, MPH, OCS, Mark VanNess, PhD and Staci Stevens, MA.

Use promo code WORKWELL for discounted MedBridge subscription and gain access to +1600 online courses and more ($175 discount).

Take the Course

Michigan State Medical Society CME

Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) is offering two, free, on-demand webinars on ME/CFS for healthcare providers to earn CME credits. There are two modules presented by ME specialist, Lucinda Bateman, M.D., founder and medical director of Utah’s Bateman Horne Center.

Module one is intended to help medical providers identify the core diagnostic criteria of ME/CFS and more confidently make a diagnosis.  Each of the diagnostic criteria will be discussed, supported by a brief discussion of the evidence.

Module two is designed to help medical providers recognize the major treatable aspects of ME/CFS and design a common sense management plan in the absence of formal treatment guidelines.  Focus will be on the core diagnostic criteria and common co-morbid conditions amenable to treatment.

Forgotten Plague CE

A course for social workers, nurses and other allied health providers to learn about myalgic encephalomyelitis, its history, current research, to meet patients and learn about the medical system’s inability to address many complex chronic diseases. The course includes documentary video along with supplemental self-study resources. Social workers will learn ways that they can assist their patients/families with resources and coping mechanisms.

Take the CE

Are we missing any CME/CE courses on ME/CFS from this list? Email [email protected] to let us know.

Want more?  Visit the US Clinician’s Coalition medical education page to see more medical education courses on ME/CFS for US medical providers.

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