How to Use Your CME Money to Cover Your Vacation

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Hello! We are glad you found this post. We often hear “It seemed to good to be true- using my CME money to go on this amazing vacation”..so we decided to create an informational blog on CME and some tips on how to move forward in the process of using your CME funds to get your medical education adventure covered by your employer.

We hope this blog helps and we hope to see you on a future MedTreks CME Adventure!

How To Use Your CME Money To Cover Your Vacation

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, taking the opportunity to step away from your daily work life and immerse yourself in a new adventure/travel experience, creates a refreshing perspective that often leaves you feeling rejuvenated and re-inspired to return to the field of medicine. Those who work in healthcare know that it can be quite difficult to get the time or funding to go on a bucket-list trip. That’s where continuing medical education (CME) funds come in handy. In this article, we’ll explore how to use your CME funds to plan and enjoy your next vacation, without breaking the bank.

What is CME?

CME (Continuing medical education) programs are designed to help healthcare professionals maintain and improve their knowledge, skills, and professional competencies. Healthcare professionals may be required to obtain a certain number of CME credits or hours every year in order to stay current with medical standards of care, be eligible for licensure or certification in their field, or meet certain professional requirements.

The requirements for CME hours vary by profession and state but most healthcare professionals are required to complete a certain number of CME hours every year to maintain their licensure or certification. For example, physicians in the United States are required to complete 50 hours of continuing education every year while registered nurses are required to complete 24 hours of continuing education every two-year renewal cycle.

CME is important for professional development, but it can be costly. Many employers and professional organizations offer funding for CME activities to help employees offset the costs of training. Additionally, some CME funding can be used to pay for travel associated with CME activities.

Understanding CME Money

CME money is funding that your medical association/employer provides to cover the costs of continuing medical education (CME) activities. These activities include seminars, conferences, and workshops designed to help physicians/PAs/NPs/RNs stay up-to-date on the latest advances in their field of practice.

CME funds can come from several sources:

  • Your state medical society or local county society may offer CME grants for physicians who are members of their organizations. To find out if your state or county has such a program, contact your local chapter representative or visit their website (if available).
  • Your employer likely also provides some funding for continuing education as part of its employee benefits package–especially if they’re looking for ways to reduce healthcare costs by keeping employees healthy and happy at work! If you don’t see any mention of this benefit when reviewing your benefits package documents, ask HR about it; sometimes employers/companies don’t advertise this and so you have to do some research and ask questions. You likely have some type of CME fund available to you as a benefited employee. 

If your employer does not offer this benefit, you might be interested in applying for a grant either locally in your community or nationally, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH offers more than $10 million annually in grants for medical professionals who want to pursue continuing medical education (CME). If you’re unsure about which courses qualify as CME, check out the American Medical Association’s updated guidelines on CME activities that qualify as AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

You will find that most CME programs have very specific policies regarding the use of grant funds for unrelated business expenses. Usually, grant funds can only be used for directly related costs such as registration fees or travel expenses.

Maximizing Your CME Funding

To maximize your CME funding and use it for vacation expenses, consider the following tips: Plan ahead, start planning your vacation and CME activities well in advance to ensure you have enough time to apply for funding and make travel arrangements. Use CME discounts and promotions offered by professional organizations and travel websites. Many organizations offer early bird discounts for conference registration or hotel reservations. Look for CME activities in desirable vacation destinations that you want to visit so you can combine your professional development with your vacation. Apply for additional funding from other sources such as grants or scholarships if necessary to cover the costs of your vacation.

Claiming CME Money/Funds for Vacation Expenses

You may only claim CME funds/money for vacation expenses if your employer offers this benefit. Your employer will outline the reimbursement process in your employment contract, and they may require certain documentation from you when submitting requests. They may also have specific deadlines for submitting these requests.

There are several things that can help ensure successful reimbursement of your CME costs:

  • Keep a record of your expenses, including receipts and invoices. This can help you avoid any confusion about what was spent on CME activities. 
  • Know the reimbursement process for CME funds or money before making any purchases. This will help ensure that you don’t miss any steps in the process.
  • If your employer has a policy regarding reimbursements, be sure to follow the process closely. This will help you avoid any confusion about what documentation needs to be submitted and when it needs to be submitted.

Use Your CME Funds for a Vacation with MedTreks!

Most of our MedTreks courses are accredited for Category 1 CME for Physicians/NPs/PAs as well as CEs for Nurses. These activities has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) and MedTreks International.

 

Nursing Continuing Education

All of our courses are approved for nursing continuing education. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP16597, for 10 contact hours”. 

Faculty Disclosure 
The faculty and staff involved with this live activity have signed disclosure statements indicating they have no conflicts of interest or relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest with respect to this course content.

 

We hope this article has given you some ideas on how to plan your next vacation. If you want help planning it or booking your travel arrangements, contact us at: info@medtreksinternational@gmail.com 

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