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Join Global at the Alliance 2020 Conference

By John McCormick - January 3, 2020

Global is pleased to annouce that we will be exhibiting at the Alliance 2020 Annual Conference, January 8-11 at the Mariott Marquis in San Francisco, CA. With 55 concurrent sessions, 3 keynotes, and 5 pre-conference workshops, the Annual conference is your source for engaging content tailored to the CPD profession.

If your organization will be attending the Alliance, we encourage you to stop by and see us at Booth #505 in the exhibit hall, to learn more about our best-in-class CME partnerships and programs.

To connect with Global before the conference, please contact John McCormick, Vice President, Education Strategy,, or Andrea Funk, Vice President, Education,

We look forward to seeing everyone in San Francisco!

Global to attend CBI’s 17th Annual Independent Medical Education and Grants Summit

September 16th-17th, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA

By John McCormick - September 11, 2019

Global will be attending CBI’s 17th Annual Independent Medical Education and Grants Summit, September 16th-17th, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. The conference convenes commercial supporters, providers (MECCs, Medical Specialty Societies and Academic Medical Institutions) and other key healthcare stakeholders to address leading industry issues centered around improving and standardizing outcomes/assessment methodologies, understanding learner needs, linking CME to patient/healthcare impact and demonstrating the value of CME. This year’s program assembles an impressive faculty of 30+ industry leaders to share perspectives and engage in a robust dialogue examining new innovations, tools and future trends in high-quality medical education.

John McCormick, Global's Director of Education Strategy & Analytics, will be attending the conference. If you would like to schedule a meeting to learn more about Global's CME joint providership services, please contact John directly via email, or by phone at 303-395-1782 X 75.

We are excited to see everyone in Philadelphia and look forward to an informative and engaging meeting.

2019 Grant Approval and Profitability Scale

Request the updated report today!

By John McCormick - September 11, 2019

With a managed network of clinicians, scientists and specialists, Global collects advanced intelligence on CME funding sources and opportunities from both commercial and non-commercial sources. 

The Grant Approval and Profitability Scale was developed as a resource for our education partners, as there continues to be a growing need for developing high-quality CME in the face of decreasing commercial supporter budgets. The first version of the scale, developed in 2014, identified 37 successfully funded live and enduring CME activities, and analyzed the top 10-12 budget line items for high, low, and average costs.

Global released an updated version of the scale in 2016 and decided to dig a little deeper into the data. The 2016 Grant Approval and Profitability Scale analyzed a broader range of program format types and budget line items. Global also calculated the total cost per learner at grant funded CME activities as well as the management fees as a percentage of the total program budget.

The 2017-2018 scale expands on our work from previous years, with updates to programs and format types. The report covers grant funded activities that launched and concluded over a two year span, from January 2017 and December 2018.

Please follow this link to request your copy of the 2019 Grant Approval and Profitability Scale. If you have any questions please contact us at

How much do you know about the science of cannabis?

By John McCormick - August 29, 2019

Medical marijuana is legal in some form in 33 states and the District of Columbia, and more are considering bills to do the same. Overall, marijuana use and acceptance is increasing rapidly, yet many healthcare providers and community members do not recognize the basic science of the endocannabinoid system. Marijuana is being marketed as a treatment for certain psychiatric conditions including PTSD, depression, and anxiety. However, there is a dearth of literature supporting the use of marijuana in psychiatry and practitioners are likely unaware of the negative consequences associated with marijuana use.

Additionally, the regulation of marijuana and its use in therapy, is complex and unique: cultivation and distribution of this substance, regardless of purpose, remain illegal at the federal level. Many healthcare providers are unaware of new regulations and guidelines. The marijuana landscape is changing rapidly – CMP is here to help catch you up on all the changes!  Register now – space is limited!

Test your knowledge with this quick quiz about the science of cannabis! 


2018 ACCME Annual Report

By John McCormick - August 20, 2019

2018 ACCME Annual Report and Analysis
The 2018 ACCME Annual Report data, released July 17th, 2019,  shows the following for CME activities respective to the 2017 report;
  • 61% growth in non-physician participants
  • 1% decline in physician participants
  • 5% increase in total CME income, including registration fees, monetary support, advertising/exhibits, donations, and grants
The three-year trend data shows that since 2016, the number of physician participants at CME activities has slightly increased by 2%, while the number of non-physician participants increased by 71%. The significant increase in non-physician attendees at CME activities is largely due to more comprehensive data collection from jointly accredited providers, as described by the ACCME below:

New This Year: More Comprehensive Data about Interprofessional Continuing Education

In support of our strategic goal to advance data systems, the three founding members of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education—the ACCME, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)— launched the Joint Accreditation Program and Activity Reporting System (JA-PARS), enabling jointly accredited providers to report all of their program and activity data, including uni-professional and interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) activities, into a single, unified repository. Before 2018, jointly accredited providers reported data into multiple accreditors’ data systems. We can now see a more comprehensive picture of the scope of IPCE.

2018 Highlights
  • Non-physician interactions at CME activities increased from approximately 12 million in 2017, to over 20 million in 2018, respectively - a 61% increase in non-physician interactions
  • Total commercial support contributions rose from $740 million to $748 million, an increase of approximately 1% from 2017 numbers
  • Income from advertising and exhibits rose from $434 million in 2017 to nearly $500 million in 2018 - a 14% increase
  • Commercially supported activities averaged 150 physician learners per activity in 2018
    • Non-commercially supported activities averaged 81 physician learners per activity
  • Of the total attendance at CME activities
    • 43% (15,457,998) were physicians
    • 57% (20,708,037) were non-physicians
  • Publishing and / or Education companies secured approximately 59% ($443,398,259) of the total commercial support income earned by ACCME accredited providers in 2018
If you have any questions or would like to request a copy of the report, please feel free to contact us at