Global Medical Education Terms of Use

 

By using this Service (as defined below), you agree to the following Terms of Use, which constitute an agreement between you and the respective owners and operators of the GME professional website. We may change these terms from time to time. You will always be able to view the most current version by clicking on a link at the bottom of any page on the site. By using this Service, you agree to these Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all of these Terms of Use, do not use this Service!

 

Scope of these Terms of Use 

GME provides users with access to a wide variety of resources through its professional website including, but not limited to, articles, video clips, reference tools, continuing education for medical professionals, communication tools, message boards and search services (collectively, the "Service"). GME may have other websites that are covered by different terms of use. The terms of use for these other websites are available on the home page of each such website. The Service is intended for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Reference to "GME" means Global Medical Education Inc., including any company that GME controls (for example a subsidiary that it owns). For purposes of these Terms of Use, GME’s website is www.gmeded.com (referred to as the "GME Professional Site"). Reference to "we" or "our" means GME.

 

Our Information

Please remember that all of the information available through the Service is intended for adults who are licensed healthcare professionals. While we hope you find the Service helpful, you should remember that it is not meant to serve as a substitute for your own clinical judgment as a healthcare professional.  GME does not provide medical advice. If you are a consumer who chooses to use the professional-level information available through the Service, you should not rely on that information as professional medical advice or use it to replace any relationship with your physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about medications and other treatments, consumers should always consult their physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel. We follow standard sets of editorial procedures for information that we make available through the Service.   HOWEVER WE DON’T OFFER YOU ANY WARRANTY OR GUARANTEE RELATED TO THE SERVICE THAT WE PROVIDE.  WE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  It's your job to evaluate the information and results from Service we provide. If you are a healthcare professional, you should exercise your professional judgment in evaluating any information, and we encourage you to confirm the information made available or otherwise obtained through the Service with other sources before undertaking any treatment based on it. If you are a consumer, you should evaluate the information together with your physician or another qualified healthcare professional.

At times, information contained on this website may require updating to reflect new advances or technologies in the market place. It should be noted that this website is intended to be a general guide and cannot be substituted for professional advice.

THE USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK AND THE SERVICE AND THE CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS. Some information made available through the Service may be provided by users of the website. GME is not responsible for that information. Whether the information is provided by us, our licensors or a user of a website owned and operated by GME, neither we nor our licensors are liable for any damages resulting from your use of the information made available through the Service. Although we are selective about the organizations we link to from our website, we don't assume any responsibility for any websites that are linked to or from the Service. While we welcome your feedback regarding the Service, we must make the final decisions about the content made available through the Service. You can use the feedback link on the home page of the applicable website to submit comments. If you are dissatisfied with the response you receive or with the content of the Service, your only remedy is to stop using the Service.

 

Patient Data

It is your sole responsibility to comply with state and federal laws as well as institutional and professional guidelines with respect to patient confidentiality.  You are, at all times, solely responsible for obtaining and maintaining all patient consents, if applicable, and all other legally necessary consents or permissions required or advisable to disclose, process, rereive, transmit, and view patient information.  GME CANNOT AND DOES NOT ASSUME ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE USE OR MISUSE OF PATIENT INFORMATION OR OTHER INFORMATION TRANSMITTED, MONITORED, STORED OR RECEIVED BY THE PARTICIPANT WHILE USING THE SITE AND THE MATERIALS ON THE SITE.   WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO AMEND OR DELETE ANY MATERIAL (ALONG WITH THE RIGHT TO REVOKE ANY MEMBERSHIP OR RESTRICT ACCESS TO THE SITE) THAT IN OUR SOLE DISCRETION VIOLATES THE ABOVEWHILE GME TAKES COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE SECURITY PRECAUTIONS, GME SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SECURITY OF DATA OR INFORMATION TRANSMITTED, MONITORED, STORED OR RECEIVED BY THE PARTICIPANT.

 

Proprietary Rights

You acknowledge and agree that the Service and information, content and software presented to you through the Service or used in connection with the Service contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected under U.S. and international intellectual property laws, including copyright, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly authorized by us or our licensors in writing in advance, [you agree not to sell, rewrite, modify, redistribute, create derivative works, or rent the Service of any information presented to you through the Service, in whole or in part.

You may look at the Service online, download individual articles to your personal or handheld computer for later reading, and even print a copy of an article for yourself. You may not remove any copyright notices from our materials. We reserve all of our other rights not granted in these Terms of Use. You agree not to access the Service by any means other than through the interface that is provided by us for use in accessing the Service.

 

Linking to Us

Usually, we don't mind if you include a simple link from your website to the Service. However, you must first receive our permission if you intend to frame our site or incorporate pieces of it into a different site or product.  You are not allowed to link to us if you engage in the publication or promotion of illegal, obscene, or offensive content, or if the link in any way negatively impactS on our reputation.

 

Information that You Provide to the Service

When you upload materials or information to the GME website, you give us an irrevocable, perpetual license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display that information in connection with the Service. For example, if you post a comment to a GME discussion board, you grant GME the right to display that comment through the Service for as long as we want. We will consider requests to remove information that you make available through the Service on an individual basis (contact us at the email address we provide at the end of this document). We reserve the right to remove any content including but not limited to any content that we deem offensive or fraudulent at any time without your consent. 

 

Software Products

GME may make some software and accompanying documentation available for downloading through the Service. These materials are the copyrighted work of GME or companies that have licensed the software to GME. We do not transfer any ownership rights in software or related documentation to you when you download it through the Service; rather, you are allowed to use the software and documentation under the terms of the license agreement which will accompany any software and documentation that we may distribute. You must read this license agreement and indicate your agreement to those terms prior to downloading. You are not authorized to attempt to recreate or reverse engineer our software. In addition, some software available through the Service is subject to United States export controls. By downloading or using such software, you are representing to us that your download of such software complies with these controls.

 

Passwords

We offer to our users several tools that allow you to record and store information. You are responsible for taking all reasonable steps to ensure that no unauthorized person shall have access to your passwords or accounts. You are responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. It is your sole responsibility to (1) control the dissemination and use of activation codes and passwords; (2) authorize, monitor, and control access to and use of your account and password; (3) promptly inform us of any need to deactivate a password. YOU GRANT US AND ALL OTHER PERSONS OR ENTITIES INVOLVED IN THE OPERATION OF THE SERVICE THE RIGHT TO TRANSMIT, MONITOR, RETRIEVE, STORE AND USE YOUR INFORMATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE OPERATION OF THE SERVICE.  WE CANNOT AND DO NOT ASSUME ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY INFORMATION YOU SUBMIT IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICE, OR YOUR OR THIRD PARTIES’ USE OR MISUSE OF INFORMATION TRANSMITTED OR RECEIVED USING THE SERVICE.

 

Member Conduct when Using Community and Communication Services

If you use a community and communication feature of the Service, such as a bulletin board, blog or discussion service (a "Community and Communication Service"), you are responsible for all communications, information, data, text, music, sound, graphics, messages and other material ("Content") that you upload, post, transmit, email or otherwise distribute through a Community and Communication Service.  You should disclose any bias or conflict of interest to allow physicians utilizing the information to be allowed to make fully informed medical decisions, including as to any proposed "off-label" use of medication.  GME and its licensors are not responsible for the consequences of the Content posted by you or any other party through a Community and Communication Service and as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. You understand that by using a Community and Communication Service, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive or objectionable. In no event will GME be liable in any way for any Content or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content uploaded, posted, transmitted, emailed or otherwise made available through a Community and Communication Service. In cases where you feel threatened or believe someone else is in danger, you should contact your local law enforcement agency immediately. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

When you use a Community and Communication Service, you agree not to: 

1. Violate local, state, national, or international laws; 

2. Post, upload, email, transmit or otherwise distribute any Content that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others or on the privacy or publicity rights of others; 

3. Post, upload, email, transmit or otherwise distribute any Content that is unlawful, harmful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, slanderous, hateful, or embarrassing to any other person or entity as we may determine in our sole discretion; 

4. Harm minors in any way;

5. Post advertisements or solicitations of business; 

6. Forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through a Community and Communication Service;

7. Post, upload, email, transmit or otherwise distribute chain letters, pyramid schemes, unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or spam; 

8. Impersonate another person or business entity or stalk or otherwise harass another person; 

9. Post, upload, email, transmit or otherwise distribute viruses or other harmful computer code designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the use of any computer software or hardware; 

10. Harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including email addresses, without their identification for posting or viewing comments; 

11. Allow any other person or entity to use your identification for posting or viewing comments; 

12. Interfere with or disrupt a Community and Communication Service or computers, networks or other hardware connected to a Community and Communication Service, or disregard any requirements or policies of networks connected to a Community and Communication Service;

13. Engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying a Community and Communication Service, or which, in our sole judgment, exposes GME or any of our customers or suppliers to any liability or detriment of any type;

14. Fail to respect other users' privacy. This includes revealing another user's password, phone number, address, instant messenger I.D. or address or any other personally identifiable information;

15. Create member names, or post solicit or send messages, text or photographs that are sexually explicit, that denigrate, threaten, abuse or harm others in any way; or

16. Upload, post, email or otherwise send any Content that you are not authorized to send under any law or contractual relationship. This includes proprietary and confidential information learned as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements, and any other inside information.

We may (but are not obligated) do any or all of the following without notice:

1. Investigate an allegation that a communication does not conform to the terms of this section and determine in our sole discretion to remove or request the removal of the Content;

2. Remove Content which is abusive, objectionable, illegal, or disruptive, or that otherwise fails to conform with these Terms of Use; 

3. Terminate your access to any or all Community and Communication Services upon any breach of these Terms of Use; or 

4. Edit Content.

You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content. You acknowledge, consent and agree that we may investigate your use of a Community and Communication Service in order to determine whether a violation of the Terms of Use has occurred or to comply with any applicable law, regulation, governmental request or legal process. 

You agree and acknowledge that the processing and transmission of a Community and Communication Service, including your Content, may involve transmissions over various networks and devices and necessary modifications as required for such transmissions.

 

U.S. Government End Users

If you are affiliated with the U.S. government, then you should know that the software and documentation available on our Web Sites are "commercial items," as that term is defined in 48 C.F.R. 2.101 (October 1995), consisting of "commercial computer software" and "commercial computer software documentation," as such terms are used in 48 C.F.R. 12.212 (September 1995). Consistent with 48 C.F.R. 12.212 and 48 C.F.R. 227.7202-1 through 27.7202-4 (June 1995), all U.S. government end users acquire the software and documentation with only those rights set forth herein. 

 

Dealing with Advertisers

Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers found on or through the Service, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such advertiser. You agree that we shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such advertisers on the Service.

 

Laws that Govern this Agreement

GME has made the Service available through our website from our offices within the state of New York in the United States of America. The Service can be accessed from any of the United States and from other countries worldwide. Since the laws of each State or country able to access the Service may differ, by accessing the Service, you and GME agree that the statutes and laws of the state of New York, without regard to choice of laws principles, will apply to all matters relating to use of the Service. No waiver of any of these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or condition or any other term or condition. GME makes no representation that materials made available through the Service are appropriate or available for use in other locations, and accessing them from territories where their contents are illegal is prohibited. Those who choose to access these sites from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

The following provisions survive the expiration or termination of these Terms of Use for any reason whatsoever: Liability, Member Conduct, Proprietary Rights, Indemnity, Laws that Govern this Agreement and Consequences. 

 

Acceptance Procedure

By accessing materials through the Service or registering you agree with all the terms and conditions of these Terms of Use. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to change these Terms of Use from time to time, and your continuing use of the Service constitutes your acceptance of and agreement to any changed terms and conditions.

 

Privacy Policy

Because we are in the healthcare area, we pay special attention to privacy issues. The purpose of our privacy policy is to identify the information we may collect about you, describe the uses we may make of your information and the security measures we take to protect it, and describe your options for controlling your information.   

This website is privately owned and operated by GME. GME is committed to safeguarding, protecting and respecting the privacy of our visitors. This privacy policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you or you provide to us voluntarily will be treated by us and how you can control it. Any questions, queries or concerns that you may have regarding this privacy policy please contact [email protected].

We may collect, store and use the following kinds of data or personal information from you:

a)  Details of your visit to and the use of our Website which may include your IP address, geographical location, referral source, entry and exit pages, length of visit, route taken through our website, resources that you access and other such similar statistical data or information provided to us by Google Analytics.

b)  Information that you provide to us voluntarily for the purpose of registering with our website blog such as your name and email address.

c)  Information that you provide to us voluntarily for the purpose of subscribing to our email and/or newsletter service such as your name and email address.

d)  Any other information that you choose to send us voluntarily.

We use your personal information for our own private internal use for the statistical analysis to: a)  Administer the website; b)  Improve your browsing experience; c)  Send you emails or information that you have specifically requested; d)  Deal with enquires or complaints that you have made about this website; and e)  Provide third parties with general statistical information about our website and visitors (this information will not be used to identify any single individual user or company).  We do market our programs and services to those who register on our site.

 

We will not make your personal information or data available to third parties except:

a)  to the extent that we are legally obliged to do so by law.

  b)  in connection with any legal proceedings.

  c)  or in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights.

A cookie is a small data file that consists of information sent by a web server to a web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox and which is stored by that browser on the computers hard drive. The information stored is sent back to the web server each time the browser requests a tutorial page from the server. This action enables the web server to identify and track the web browsers activities. We use session cookies on the website to keep track of you whilst you navigate through our website. Session cookies are temporary files that are automatically deleted from your computers hard drive when you close the browser.

The GME website uses Google Analytics as a statistical tool to gather information in order for us to analyze the use of the website. Google Analytics stores this information as a cookie on the visitors computer. The statistical information generated by Google Analytics relating to our website is used to create internal reports to help improve the content and user experience of our electronics tutorials website. Google's privacy policy regarding Google Analytics is freely available at: http://www.google.com/privacy/privacy-policy.html

The use of cookies to store information can be disabled in most browsers by the user or you can set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies. However, blocking all cookies may have a negative impact upon the usability of the website any you may not be able to use certain site features or functions.

In the course of serving advertisements to this site, our third-party advertisers may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. THAT MEANS THAT IF YOU USE A HYPERLINK TO A THIRD-PARTY SITE, THAT MAY PLACE A UNIQUE COOKIE ON YOUR BROWSER.  YOU SHOULD CONSULT THE PRIVACY POLICY OF ANY THIRD PARTY AND ANY ADVERTISER’S WEBSITE.

While we respect your rights while using this website, our site contains hyperlinks to external websites. These websites have their own privacy policies and [that DELETE THIS WORD] we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies.

This website contains hyperlinks to other related websites. We do not accept responsibility for their content, privacy policies or practices of these other websites. However, to the best of our ability we will ensure that the other websites that we link to are relevant to our sites content and visitors experience and that they do not contain adult, drugs or gambling content.

Your GME account information is protected by a password for your privacy and security.  You have the responsibility of protecting against unauthorized access to your password and your computer.  Only employees who require personal information to perform a specific function (for example, a customer service representative or technician) are granted access to it.  All employees are regularly apprised of our privacy and security practices.  The security of your personal information is important to us.  We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it.  No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however.  Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute secure.  Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of member information at any time. Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly however, GME TAKES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR, AND WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR, COMPROMISE OF SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION AND THE WEBSITE BEING TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES BEYOND OUR CONTROL. 

You may update your information or unsubscribe to general mailings at anytime by emailing [email protected].

 If you have any questions or concerns about our collection, use or disclosure of your personal information, please email [email protected]. For more information about this site or your visit, please email us at [email protected]

Any amendments or updates we may make to this policy will be posted on this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes that have been made.

 

Children's Privacy

You should be aware that the Service is not intended or designed to attract children.  GME strongly encourages parents and guardians to supervise the online activities of their minor children and consider using parental control tools available from online services and software manufacturers to help provide a child-friendly online environment. These tools also can prevent minors from disclosing their name, address, and other personally identifiable information online without parental permission. Although the Service is not intended for use by minors, GME respects the privacy of minors who may inadvertently use the Internet.

 

Consequences

We may also take any legal action we think is appropriate. If your violation of these Terms of Use causes harm to others, you agree to hold GME harmless against any liability for that harm. If there is any dispute between us concerning these Terms of Use or your use of the Services, you and GME agree to submit the dispute to non-binding mediation, followed by binding arbitration. Both the mediation and the arbitration will be governed under the rules of the American Arbitration Association, and the venue for the arbitration will be New York. 

 

Termination and Modification

You agree that GME may, under certain circumstances and without prior notice, discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) or eliminate your account, any associated email address, and remove any information you uploaded or provided to the Service with or without notice. Cause for termination shall include, but not be limited to, (a) breaches or violations of these Terms of Use or other incorporated agreements or guidelines, (b) requests by law enforcement or other government agencies, (c) a request by you (self-initiated account deletions), (d) discontinuance or material modification to the Service (or any part thereof), (e) unexpected technical or security issues or problems, (f) extended periods of inactivity, and/or (g) engagement by you in fraudulent or illegal activities. You agree that all terminations for cause shall be made in the sole discretion of GME, and that GME shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your account, any associated email address, or access to the Service.

 

Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold GME, its officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, and suppliers, harmless from and against any claims, actions or demands, liabilities and settlements including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your violation of these Terms of Use.

 

Notice and Take Down Procedures and Copyright Agent

If you believe any materials accessible on or from the Service infringe your copyright, you may request removal of those materials (or access thereto) from the Service by contacting the copyright agent (identified below) and providing the following information: 

1. Identification of the copyrighted work that you believe to be infringed. Please describe the work, and where possible include a copy or the location (e.g., URL) of an authorized version of the work. 

2. Identification of the material that you believe to be infringing and its location. Please describe the material, and provide us with its URL or any other pertinent information that will allow us to locate the material. 

3. Your name, address, telephone number and (if available) e-mail address. 

4. A statement that you have a good faith belief that the complained of use of the materials is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. 

5. A statement that the information that you have supplied is accurate, and indicating that "under penalty of perjury," you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.

6. A signature or the electronic equivalent from the copyright holder or authorized representative. 

 

In an effort to protect the rights of copyright owners, we maintain a policy for the termination, in appropriate circumstances, of subscribers and account holders of the Site who are repeat infringers.

 

Complete Agreement

Except as expressly provided in a particular "legal notice" on the Web Site, these Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between you and GME with respect to your use (and prior use) of the Service including, without limitation, a Community and Communication Services and Content. 

 

Questions or Concerns about Our Terms of Use

For questions or concerns about these terms of use, please send an email to [email protected].

Revision date: These Terms of Use were last updated on March 14th, 2016