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Editor’s note: Jeremy Lundberg, MSSW, chief executive officer of EthosCE Learning Management System and DLC Solutions, has some really smart friends. So, he thought, why not ask them if they’d be willing to share some of their expertise? He did, and the result is a series of webinars that provide practical advice on continuing medical education topics.
In addition to the webinar summarized here, there are two more webinars currently available on demand: “New Data on Clinician Learning: What Does It Mean for Your CME Programs?” and “Driving CME Process Innovation Using Lean Six Sigma Methodologies.” The next webinar, scheduled for live viewing in February, will be on overcoming organizational obstacles to e-learning. Lundberg plans to offer one per month throughout 2014.
In a recent webinar, Derek Dietze, MA, FACEHP, CCMEP, president, and Christopher Viereck, PhD, CCMEP, chief scientific officer, Improve CME LLC, outlined five key ways to make measuring the outcomes of continuing medical education activities successful and, if not easy, at least not a hassle that requires a staff biostatistician.
1. Plan ahead—way ahead.
- Have a detailed, descriptive outcomes assessment plan at the earliest stages of activity development or grant request.
- Develop assessment questions in concert with content, not as an afterthought.
- Look at the resources you have available to create assessment questions, implement the plan, and analyze/report the results. If you want to measure changes in performance in practice, or actual patient outcomes, do you know when, where, and how you’ll get that data? “Asking those questions gives you a reality check,” said Dietze.