Twelve years of continuing medical education in Slovakia

Authors: P. Krištúfek 1;  J. Gajdošík 2
Authors‘ workplace: Slovenská lekárska spoločnosť Bratislava, Slovenská republika, prezident prof. MUDr. Peter Krištúfek, CSc. 1;  Slovenská akreditačná komisia pre kontinuálne medicínske vzdelávanie Bratislava, Slovenská republika, riaditeľ prof. MUDr. Ján Gajdošík, PhD. 2
Published in: Vnitř Lék 2010; 56(7): 686-689
Category: 80th Birthday - Jaroslava Blahoše, MD, DrSc.


Continuing medical education (CME) is an important part of the medical practice today. After the pregraduate and postgraduate education each general practitioner and specialist should follow the CME to maintain, develop or increase the knowledge and professional skills [1]. In May of 2004 a Slovak accreditation council for continuing medical education (SACCME) was established on the base of mutual agreement among statutory representatives of Slovak Medical University, Association of Medical Schools, Slovak Medical Association, Slovak Medical Chamber, and Association of Private Physicians as non governmental non for profit organisations. During the period of 2004–2009, the number of accredited events (educational meetings, conferences and congresses) increased from 133 to 938 including the autodidactic tests in medical journals. From the beginning of 2009, SACCME credits obtained by physicians yearly are being transferred to the database of Slovak medical chamber which is responsible by law for control of CME process.

Key words:
continuing medical education – Slovak accreditation council for continuing medical education – number of accredited events


1. Harvey L. Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development in Europe. Brussels: UEMS 2008.

2. Fras Z, Destrebecq F et al. Building on solid foundations to improve specialist healthcare for European citizens. Brussels: UEMS 2008.

3. Gajdošík J. Kontinuálne medicínske vzdelávanie (CME) v SR. Bratislava: SACCME 2008.

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