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Medical affairs professionals are pivotal players at the intersection of medical innovation and practice in the pharmaceutical industry. They are uniquely positioned to translate complex medical knowledge into actionable insights for internal and external stakeholders. Industry-led continuing medical education (CME) programs, guided by these professionals, hold the potential to markedly improve clinicians’ application of evidence-based medicine (EBM) in clinical settings, thereby elevating patient care outcomes. However, current CME techniques often overlook the integration of diverse disciplines such as educational theories, cognitive psychology, information mastery, and implementation science, which are important for effective real-time decision-making in patient care. This gap in integrating implementation science is vital, as it is key in ensuring that medical innovations are not just developed but also effectively implemented and efficiently utilized in clinical settings. In this opinion article, we aim to highlight the crucial yet often underrecognized role of medical affairs professionals in shaping robust and practical CME programs within the industry. We explore emerging trends and approaches in medical education and CME based on the principles of adult education. Additionally, we explore how medical affairs professionals can effectively drive the adoption of EBM in clinical practice. This exploration aims to provide insights into enhancing CME programs, with medical affairs professionals at the forefront of innovation and leadership in bridging gaps in clinical practice.

Published in Pharmaceutical Medicine.

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