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Just as the legal profession requires Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for all practitioners, the medical field similarly requires physicians to update and enhance their skills through participation in Continuing Medical Education (CME). Yet whereas it is difficult to conceive of a situation in which legal professionals could face criminal charges arising out of their participation in CLE, the situation is vastly different in the medical field, and the difference arises from the extent to which pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers sponsor CME as part of their marketing efforts. In fact, recent testimony before the United States Senate underscores the significant degree of skepticism within federal law enforcement towards corporate-sponsored CME, the government’s view that CME is often a thinly veiled effort to market products and funnel money to doctors, and the considerable risk that criminal exposure can result.

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