Medscape offers free online Continuing Medical Education courses to anyone who registers on its website. Both professionals and consumers can register for free by providing their names, locations, email addresses and professions on the registration page. However, continuing education credits are granted only to qualified professionals.
The Medscape website is divided into sections for medical professionals, nurses and pharmacists. Each section offers continuing education courses on diverse topics, such as quality reporting requirements and advances in the treatment of common diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and HIV. Users can view all of the courses or choose only those that are relevant to their areas of practice by selecting one of over 30 specialties listed on the site.
Medscape's study materials for continuing-education courses are presented in various formats, including articles, case studies, patient simulations, videos and slide-shows. When the user selects a course, a screen appears that includes an overview of the course content and the number of continuing-education credits available to those who pass. At the end of each presentation, learners must take an online test and achieve a passing grade to obtain credit for the course, Medscape explains. Medscape's CE tracker stores and tallies continuing-education credits for up to six years.
Medscape is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education as a provider of certified physician education. It is also accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation as a provider of continuing education for nurses, and by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education, according to the Medscape website.