Certificate in Travel Health™

2014 CTH® Examinations

In 2015 the ISTM will offer the examination on 24 May 2015 in Québec City, Canada. The exam application forms will be available in November of 2014.

ISTM Announces the New Travel Medicine Continuing Professional Development Program Details

As with most healthcare disciplines, the practice of travel medicine is a changing and evolving field. In recognition of the critical need for travel medicine practitioners to maintain and increase their skills and knowledge, the ISTM has developed a continuing professional development program for travel medicine practitioners. The program is structured around a 10-year cycle of professional education, study and involvement in the field of travel medicine. Activities which comprise this program include, but are not limited to: passing an examination, educational programs and products, writing, editing and reviewing publications, teaching, research, clinical work and other professional development in which travel medicine practitioners participate.

The first step of this process is passing the CTH® examination. Beginning with the CTH® Certificates awarded in 2011, there is a mandatory maintenance process every ten (10) years to keep the certificate active. There are two avenues for maintaining an active CTH® – either accruing a specific number of credits through the professional development activities in which most travel medicine professionals already participate or retaking and passing the CTH® examination. Since the program became effective in 2011, travel medicine professionals who were awarded certificates prior to 2011 are encouraged to consider participating on a voluntary and not mandatory basis.

Preliminary detailed information about the requirements for the ISTM Travel Medicine Continuous Professional Development Program can be found below. The ISTM has releasing this information to all ISTM Members and current CTH® holders in this draft format for a 90 day comment period. The comment period has concluded, and the ISTM is currently reviewing and considering the responses received. Once the program has been finalized we will alert all ISTM members and current CTH® holders.

The ISTM Travel Medicine Continuing Professional Development Program will provide greater confidence to the public and patients we treat, and enable the CTH® holders demonstrate to compliance authorities that the credential is relevant. Additionally, these activities will enhance and elevate the practice of travel medicine around the world.

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Click here to read the details of the new ISTM Travel Medicine CPD Program.
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ISTM CTH® Renewal Program Sample Scenarios

There are many options and combination of activities available to accrue the number of points required for renewing the certificate. The following sample scenarios have been developed to illustrate just a few of these options.

Scenario 1
In 10 years:

Attends 2 CISTM or RCISTM 100 points
Attends 2 additional meetings
Not international
20 points
Attends 20 lectures 20 points
Participates in/takes 5 online,
telephonic or other classes
5 points
Sees patients for 60 days 60 points
Reads 20 articles 20 points
Volunteer 2 points
Consultant 2 points

Scenario 2
In 10 years:

Attends 3 CISTM or RCISTM 150 points
Attends 2 days of CE
Not International
16 points
Reads 19 articles 19 points
Consultant 3 points
Contributing Author for 2 Articles 12 points

Scenario 3
In 10 years:

Attend 1 CISTM or RCISTM 50 points
Attend 8 Days of CE
Not international
64 points
Read 26 Articles 26 points
See patients for 60 Days 60 points

Scenario 4
In 10 years:

Attend 10 Days of CE
Not international
80 points
Participate in 10 webinars 1 hour 10 points
Take 20 1 hour online seminars 20 points
Read 30 articles 30 points
Contributing Author for 4 articles
In a peer-reviewed journal
24 points
5 years as committee member 5 points
Present 2 posters 6 points
Journal Reviewer for 5 years 25 points

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