CME Information

MedLink Corporation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

MedLink Corporation designates each MedLink Neurology internet point-of-care activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. “AMA PRA Category 1 Credit” is a trademark of the American Medical Association.

MedLink Corporation considers those sessions eligible for credit that begin with the formulation of a question and viewing of at least one article. A maximum of 20 credits may be claimed annually under the AMA’s Physicians Recognition Award (PRA) program for internet point-of-care activity.

Learners start a CME activity by asking a question (eg, conducting a Search) and viewing one or more articles. They may then apply what they learned, according to their needs. The activity is completed when learners record how the activity improved their competence in their CME log. The activity appears in the learner's CME log on next log-in. They must complete the requirements for CME credit within 10 days.

Mission
Our mission is to meet healthcare practitioners’ need for more rapid and efficient access to clinical knowledge and, thereby, to enable them to engage in research and learning on their own initiative to enhance their clinical strategies, maximizing quality and efficiency and minimizing errors, omissions, and waste. Our ultimate goal is for practitioners to integrate this CME platform as an essential tool in their medical practice. To fulfill this mission we produce and keep current a continually updated online educational platform, featuring a library of originally written, authoritative, and trustworthy articles for Internet searching and learning. The platform, MedLink® Neurology, spans the entire breadth of the discipline of neurology.

We envision that practitioners who care for patients with neurologic disorders, primarily neurologists, will constitute its audience of users. We expect that the ubiquitous availability of internet access will motivate practitioners to use this rapid-access platform as a resource when faced with an immediate need. When used in relation to patient care, it will empower practitioners to formulate improved clinical strategies (improved competence) and then apply them to their patients (improved performance) and, thereby, attain better outcomes.

To ensure that our program of continuing medical education is meeting this mission and that improvements in the program are implemented where indicated, we continually assess our own competence and performance in collaboration with our faculty and learners for the benefit of practitioners, patients, and society.

Needs Assessment
Neurologists ranging from academic leaders to community-based practitioners and trainees have indicated that there is a need for a single online educational platform that enables practitioners to efficiently answer questions that arise in relation to care of patients with neurologic disorders.

Objectives
By regularly consulting MedLink Neurology in relation to specific clinical needs presented by actual patients and for other professional purposes, users of this resource will be supported in their self-driven quest to formulate improved clinical strategies, thereby enhancing their competence.

Target Users
Target users include neurologists, neurosurgeons, and other healthcare professionals with a professional interest in neurology.

Faculty and Administration
It is the policy of MedLink Corporation to ensure objectivity, balance, independence, transparency, and scientific rigor in its educational content. MedLink’s educational content is under the exclusive control of its faculty (authors and editors). The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for overall planning and evaluation. His disclosures are displayed immediately upon log in. The names, affiliations, and financial disclosures of all contributors are provided at the top of each articles.

MedLink Corporation does not accept support from commercial interests, and none of its personnel have financial relationships with commercial interests. Individuals in a position to control CME content who decline to provide financial disclosures are disqualified from participating in MedLink Neurology. Users are encouraged to contact MedLink Corporation in confidence by sending email to service@medlink.com with any information related to actual or potential conflict of interest or of commercial bias. MedLink Corporation will investigate all allegations of impropriety and institute appropriate remedies where warranted.

Earning CME Credit

MedLink documents activities of individual subscribers (those with Individual and Small Group service plans) at the MedLink Neurology website to facilitate meeting AMA CME requirements for internet point-of-care learning (http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/education-careers/continuing-medical-education/physicians-recognition-award-credit-system/full-text-booklet.page). To claim CME credit for internet point–of-care activities, the AMA requires that physicians (a) review original clinical questions; (b) identify the relevant sources from among those consulted; and (c) describe the application of their findings to practice and whether it resulted in a change in knowledge, competence or performance as measured by physician practice application or patient health status improvement.

MedLink facilitates documentation of the foregoing requirements by tracking all searches of MedLink Neurology content by individual learner (those with Individual and Small Group Service Plans), recording each search. MedLink documents all articles viewed in a session and then provides a means for learners to specify and, if necessary, to expand on their clinical question and on how their competence was improved. Learners may view this information from the CME Program Lobby or CME Account, which can be accessed by clicking "CME" in the navigation bar or menu.

Learners may print documentation and certification of CME sessions from the CME Program Lobby. MedLink Corporation will make every effort to retain records of logged CME activities for at least 10 years. However, learners are urged to print their documentation and CME certificate at least annually and to retain such records in their personal files. Learners will be asked to complete a brief online evaluation form when they request CME certificates to help MedLink Corporation evaluate and improve the MedLink CME Program and to comply with ACCME requirements.

Hardware and Software Requirements

MedLink Neurology is best accessed using Internet Explorer 11 and higher on computers running Windows 7 or more recently introduced Windows operating systems. On computers running Macintosh operating systems, the site is best accessed using the most recent version of Firefox.

Compensation of Faculty and Administration
Authors and editors receive modest honorariums directly from MedLink Corporation for submission of manuscripts. No other compensation is provided to faculty in relation to their service and contributions.

Authorship
Authorship of articles is retained by original authors for as long as they continue to update their work, after which it is transferred to successor authors. Successor authors have full responsibility for the intellectual content of their articles, including freedom from commercial bias.

Miscellaneous
MedLink Corporation hosts its educational activities on its own servers. MedLink does not provide links to the web sites of commercial interests that produce products or services consumed by patients. MedLink does not place advertising or other sponsored information on its web site nor does it display such information through other means. MedLink’s contact information is published on this site and can be accessed via About MedLink Neurology/About Us in the navigation menu. MedLink complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 to protect patient privacy. MedLink’s privacy policy with respect to users of this web site can be viewed here. The dates of original publication, last update, and expiration (3 years after publication or last update) are provided in each article. Educational information expires 3 years after publication and is then labeled as such and is no longer eligible for CME credit, unless updated. We update nearly 80 percent of articles annually and nearly all within 3 years of original publication. This site is owned by MedLink Corporation, 10393 San Diego Mission Road, Suite 120, San Diego, CA 92108. Complete contact information can be found via About MedLink Neurology/About Us in the navigation menu. The information published on this site is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.