Attending a significant medical conference in a distant city can be a major challenge for busy clinicians, particularly if they have growing caseloads (as many doctors report). 

Being away from a practice for three or four days can mean loss of revenue and typically involves arranging for colleagues to cover for them. Physicians also may find that the cost of attending a conference is going up, thanks in part to rising airfares and hotel prices. 

Add to this the growing frustration with air travel, such as cancelled and delayed flights and beefed up security. As a result, physicians may seek alternative ways to earn continuing medical education (CME) credits. These options include virtual conferences sponsored by various CME providers on their websites. 

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