Cycling CME

A unique CME learning experience for Physicians, PA-C's and other Medical Providers who love cycling

Active CME:  Combining Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Bicycle Touring for the Healthcare Provider

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Innovation

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Innovation

As an educator interested in implementing the best practices in teaching or pedagogy surrounding CME, two recent articles published online in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) caught my attention. The first, a viewpoint from the leaders of the Medical Education department of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), noted that some traditional models of learning, such as passively sitting in a large group while lectures are presented has been shown to be an inefficient means of learning.  They note that educators should strive to create active, dynamic and participatory learning. To address this, these organizations are attempting to simplify the system and eliminate barriers that would constrain innovation in educational programs.

The second article, by Stevenson and Moore, discusses the CME pyramid and how to assure attaining the top two levels of the pyramid, which are improving patient and community health.  They feel that CME activities that improve competency and performance while improving patient health consists of active learning, multiple exposures, variety in instructional techniques, time to go deeper with the topics, and focus on outcomes important to health care providers.

These findings support what we strive for in our Cycling CME conferences, implementing best practices of education. Our conference format is conducive to active learning, interactive small groups, and a variety of instructional tactics to promote greater learning. In addition, we hope that our general theme of the importance of physical activity and nutrition directly address the top two levels of the pyramid, patient and community health.

Cycling CME


McMahon, GT and Skochelak, SE. Evolution of Continuing Medical Education. Promoting Innovation Through Regulatory Alignment. JAMA, 2018.

Stevenson, R and Moore, DE. Ascent to the Summit of the CME Pyramid. JAMA, 2018.

Health Care Provider Counseling on Exercise

Arthritis and Exercise – Health Care Provider Counseling

Arthritis is a remarkably common problem in the Unites States, affecting millions of people and can become a barrier for patients with diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.  The American College of Rheumatology osteoarthritis management guidelines recommend exercise as a first-line, nonpharmacologic strategy to manage arthritis symptoms. One of the Healthy People 2020 initiatives was increasing the physical activity counseling for patients with arthritis by health care providers.  A recent report by the CDC on this topic was interesting.  They found that from 2002 to 2014 the prevalence of exercise counseling increased from 51% to 61%.  While they appreciated the significant increase in exercise counseling during that time, they also point out that approximately 40% of adults with arthritis are still not receiving counseling for exercise as part of their treatment.  They conclude that continued efforts at health care provider education are needed, along with improving Electronic Medical Record (EMR) prompts and connection with community programs.

At Cycling CME, one of our themes has been the importance of physical activity in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease.   We support initiatives such as Exercise is Medicine and promote the importance of continuing education for all medical providers on this issue. 

Remember – regular physical activity is essential to health and wellbeing!

Cycling CME – Preventative Medicine


Hootman JM, Murphy LB, Omura JD, et al. Health Care Provider Counseling for Physical Activity or Exercise Among Adults with Arthritis — United States, 2002 and 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;66:1398–1401.