Department-Sponsored, Hospital-Based Pathology Education Symposium Is Cost-Effective Method to Provide Laboratory Staff With CME

Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine (06/01/20) Bragg, Lorraine N.; Hruban, Ralph H.; Gehrie, Eric A.

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine evaluated an annual department-sponsored, hospital-based continuing education pathology symposium running from 2013 through 2019 to rate its effectiveness in fulfilling education requirements for health system employees. According to the data, symposium attendance rose, while the average annual cost per attendee decreased. The average annual number of sessions produced for the internal symposium was 39, compared with 12 for an external continuing education conference held in 2011 and 2012. Technical staff, residents, fellows and faculty all provided the internal educational programming, helping to nurture departmental team culture, and employee satisfaction was about 96% overall. The researchers concluded the symposium supported the cost-efficient distribution of continuing education credits to a large number of technical personnel with a high degree of participant satisfaction.

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