Happy holidays! I want to take this opportunity to thank all our readers and contributors for making my first year as the editor-in-chief a success. We had many great articles.
As I pause to look back on this year, I thought it would be nice to highlight my favorite articles of the year. This very subjective exercise forced me to go back and re-read all the articles, which was rewarding in itself. I encourage you to consider developing your own list of favorites.
Kristen Dascoli shared about “Incorporating the Patient into Education,” something all healthcare providers can strive to improve. Many patients have a basic or below basic health literacy and can struggle to understand health information and successfully navigate the healthcare system. With improvement in the accessibility of communication, our community can better serve patients.
We addressed a new and continuing challenge in the field of Continuing Education with Ezra Wolfe’s article about the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law. Complying with these new privacy regulations is an ongoing challenge, especially for large institutions and those who market their courses broadly. We can expect to see more regulations as individual states such as California see consumer privacy laws come into effect.
Andrew McCrea and Kristen Dascoli collaborated to share a two-part series about the Annenberg Center’s three-factor methodology — The IPM Model — was shown to lead to practice changes in their gender-affirmation educational pilot initiative. This new study reveals a group of medical professionals who value a skill as important and are motivated to change, despite self-identified low proficiency. In their pilot, they found that practice changes result from skills, attitude and behavior. The IPM model allows practice changes to become measurable and actionable goals. Here's part one, and here's part two.
We learned about the Cincinnati Children’s CME team’s process of integrating the Maintenance of Certificate (MOC) Part 2 assessment mechanisms into their existing offerings. They added value by increasing self-assessment and feedback. The team was able to overcome the new administrative obstacles by using process maps. With the collaborative process mapping, they CME staff added value and increased participation without the burden of extensive additional work.
Jacob Coverstone and Erin Schwarz interviewed the vice president and the manager of ACCME Accreditation and Recognition to find out more about recent changes in the ACCME accreditation process. The process is very similar but has shifted to a streamlined online system. The PARS system in particular had technical issues that ACCME has worked to improve. Users are encouraged to reach out with feedback. A new feature debuted with the recent website redesign that allows dynamic search for examples of compliance and noncompliance instead of the formerly static compendium of examples. Read part one, part two and part three.
Thank you to each one of you for learning alongside us this year as we continue to inform our readers about the latest ideas and innovations available to Continuing Education professionals. We hope you will join us in the new year as we offer even more relevant content. We have big plans for the upcoming year. Readers should look forward to new engaging online videos to supplement our regular articles.
Kurt Snyder, JD