The Top 3 Free Online CME Courses and Providers for Earning CME Credits Quickly and Conveniently

CMEList June 12, 2018

Free online CME courses are a great way to earn CME credits quickly, conveniently, and without having to use a CME allowance. According to the 2016 MMS Annual Physician Survey, price played a factor in selecting a CME course for 31% of physicians. Free online CME courses are an especially attractive option for physicians who did not receive an annual CME allowance or have used up their CME allowance but still have remaining credits to earn.

In addition to earning CME credits, free online CME courses present a great option for improving your knowledge within a specific specialty or topic. It is recommended that medical professionals regularly attempt to keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in their specialty in order the improve patient care and patient outcomes. Unfortunately, many online medical educational resources can be expensive. For physicians looking to broaden their knowledge without excessive spending, free online CME courses are the perfect option.

Below you will find the top 3 free online CME providers for earning your CME credits and expanding your medical knowledge within a specific specialty or topic.

ScientiaCME Free Online CME Courses

ScientiaCME’s free online CME courses are designed to present users with “accurate synopses of the latest in medical literature and news, focusing specifically on medical devices, lab monitoring and diagnostics, and pharmacotherapy.” These courses aim to

Currently, ScientiaCME offers free CME courses in over 17 specialties. Some of the most popular specialties they offer include Cardiology, Critical Care, Pulmonology, Infectious Disease, and Psychiatry. Click here to view all free CME courses from Scientia.

ScientiaCME’s free online CME courses typically offer between 0.5 and 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and can be completed within 20 minutes to an hour. To earn your credits, you must complete a post-test following the online CME course that will assess the knowledge gained from completing the program.

Platform Q Free CME Courses

Platform Q is a leading provider in free online CME. Their free CME courses are live-online medical education events. Their goal is to “change how clinicians and patients learn about - and act on - the most timely, relevant, reliable disease and therapeutic information available”.

Platform Q has separate learning channels that act as distinct educational brands. This creates broader appeal and allows physicians to focus on the specialty and topic that is most relevant to them. The different channels are:

The different channels focus on multiple specialties including Addiction, Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology, and Urology. Click here for more information on the different PlatformQ channels and areas of focus.

Platform Q also has multiple free learning formats physicians can select from. One of the formats is Instant Symposiums, which are single online education sessions that cover a highly focused therapeutic area. Another popular learning format is the Platform Q virtual summits. These summits are whole day events that feature 3-4 interactive CME sessions. These summits are more in-depth than the Instant Symposiums. Click here for more information on all of the CME learning formats offered by Platform Q.

The Doctor’s Channel Free CME Videos

The Doctor’s Channel provides online free CME videos physicians can watch to “stay on top of the latest news, ideas, and information” and earn their CME credits. These videos typically run for 20 minutes and offer between 0.5-2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

The CME videos are “designed to get to the point” so doctors can learn from each other quickly and efficiently. These videos offer a great opportunity for time-strapped physicians to learn and earn CME credits.  

The CME videos cover a wide range of specialties including Allergy and Immunization, Psychiatry, Infectious Diseases, and Pain Medicine. Click here for a complete list of CME courses and specialties covered by the Doctor’s Channel.