Useful CME Courses for Rural & Small Town Doctors
Having a rural medical practice means you’ll need to diversify your skill sets to treat patients with a variety of ailments. Become too specialized and you might be neglecting an underserved patient base. Limit your knowledge to only a few general fields and you could be overlooking a high percentage of potential clients, forcing them to consider other, perhaps costlier options. Let’s highlight five CME courses offered by NPI that are very useful for rural, small town doctors.
Dermatologic Procedures – Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States and is becoming more and more prevalent by the day. Our dermatology CME teaches you procedural skills such as skin anesthesia, lesion biopsies, cryosurgery, dermoscopy, electrosurgery and more so you can solidify yourself as the go-to doctor for preventative dermatology procedures.
- Colonoscopy – Perhaps the more shocking thing about colon cancer than its prevalence is its ease of prevention. Colon cancer screenings have been found to safely and effectively stop the formation of polyps that can lead to terminal cancer, and an aging Baby Boomer generation (especially in quiet, small towns) means the patient base is certainly there.
- Geriatrics – Healthcare reform now allows Medicare to pay for a wellness visit every 12 months. This course gets you prepared for introductory appointments and helps you pinpoint the best ways to care for elderly patients with preventive measures. With proper procedural training, you can help become a preventive specialist for your town’s elderly patient population.
- Joint Exam and Injections – How many people do you know who suffer from arthritis? This painful condition is incredibly common, and with many people having to undergo joint replacement surgeries, it is all the more important to diagnose and take preventive steps towards joint pain and arthritis long beforehand.
- ICD10 Training – This last one is useful for any and all medical professionals, but we feel its of special importance for small town practices with lower profit margins that need to make sure their billing systems are updated so they can be properly compensated by Medicare, Medicaid and other healthcare payers to keep practices running smoothly.
A variety of procedural skills will not only help you stay up-to-date and informed on the latest medical training, but it will also help you confidently and successfully maintain a steady patient base regardless of the size of your practice. For small towns where the nearest ER or specialty doctor is often miles and miles away, that makes you all the more valuable as a rural town doctor. See what other CME courses NPI has to offer that can help you stay ahead of the curve.