i3Health (11/27/19) Kapadia, Poonam
Key takeaways from the 2019 conference of the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Continuing Medical Education include Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Vice President of Education and Outreach Steve Singer's point that CME professionals contribute to the development of learning health systems, in which internal data and experience are systematically combined with external evidence, and practically applied to deliver better care to patients. Meanwhile, a discussion on understanding CME learners supported the conclusion that development of educational activities should account for learner motivation, with the use of positive peer data to emphasize education's value suggested. Ruwaida Vakil, MSc, stressed that a true professional practice gap characterizes how the gap affects patients, while a patient-centric educational gap will help tie together the gap, needs, and activity outcomes. Commercial supporters also urged CME providers to demonstrate their understanding of the patient journey and all the specialties and processes involved. The most critical takeaway from the conference was that success as an industry relies on collaboration among CME providers.