April 2014 Accreditation Workshop Features Flipped Classroom

March 4, 2014
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Tamar Hosansky

ACCME Workshop Features Flipped Classroom

We are pleased to announce that we are offering a flipped classroom approach for the first time at the ACCME's April 2014 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop scheduled for April 9–11 in Chicago. This educational model gives participants the opportunity to gain knowledge on their own time prior to an event, enabling them during the event to focus on problem-solving, analysis, and interaction with peers and experts.  . More information about this educational approach can be found in “Flipping the Classroom,” published by Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching.

Before the Bridge to Quality workshop, participants will have the opportunity to view a series of modules consisting of existing video FAQs and new videos created specifically for the workshop. These new videos,  featuring Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO, describe the ACCME’s expectations for compliance with the Accreditation Criteria and the Standards for Commercial Support. This pre-work will give participants a foundation in the requirements, preparing them to engage in discussions and case vignettes during the workshop.

The flipped classroom is one of several new features and formats we are offering in 2014 in response to attendees’ feedback and to meet your individualized learning needs. Designed for all levels, from CME novices to masters, the Accreditation Workshops offer participants the opportunity to work closely with ACCME staff, national CME leaders, and colleagues to learn practical strategies for complying with accreditation requirements and positioning CME as a Bridge to Quality within their organizations.

Workshop registration is open now.

Special Features for 2014

  • More interaction: We’ve reduced the number of didactic sessions and included more discussion time, vignettes, cases, and examples throughout the workshop.
  • Small group discussions: Integrated throughout the workshop, these sessions give you the opportunity to build on the information presented at the general sessions and discuss strategies for improving your CME program with your peers.
  • Learner-Centered Breakout Sessions: Choose two breakouts on topics of specific interest to your organization and explore these issues with your colleagues.
  • Public Health Imperatives Forum: Explore opportunities for your organization to contribute to public health improvement. Read about the Public Health Imperatives Forum we offered in April 2013.

Pre-Workshop Optional Sessions

  • Self-Study for Accreditation: This session will be offered by invitation only for providers that are seeking initial accreditation or expecting their next reaccreditation decision in July 2015, November 2015, and March 2016. We will send information to eligible participants in February 2014.
  • Newcomers Introduction to Accredited CME: Designed for participants involved in CME for one year or less, this session will introduce you to CME basics, enabling you to get the most out of the workshop.

For more information or to register, click here.

Questions? Please contact Saifra Khan, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at skhan@accme.org.

Comments from Participants at Previous Workshops

  • “I appreciated the discussion and enthusiasm of the faculty, the spirit of collaboration and encouragement, the intent to help committed providers succeed in the accreditation process, and the balance between effective planning, documentation, and adherence to the requirements to be an accredited provider."
  • "I had several 'a-ha' moments during this course. I found it extremely valuable. It was an opportunity to step back and start looking to improve and strengthen our program."
  • "I have been working with CME activities for five years and wish I would have attended a workshop like this years ago! It really helped me gain a better understanding of all the criteria and it doesn't seem as daunting now...I think this would be a great course to take every two years just to stay updated and to keep reinforcing the information."
  • “The opportunity to hear from—and meet—the representatives of the federal government was a tremendous opportunity for me. It was really amazing to think that they were taking [time] from their busy schedules to speak with accredited CME providers. For me to be able to go back and tell the leadership of my institution that these government agencies want us to help address these public health problems is very empowering.”
  • "As a newcomer to CME, I had a very positive experience with the conference. I appreciated the variety of session styles as well as breakout sessions to discuss practical application of ideas. Overall, I felt the program was well-balanced and helped me to develop my ability to be a critical thinker about the role of CME in my organization, so I can take my work beyond merely filling out our required forms, etc. I now have a framework for understanding CME to take it to a new level in my organization."