PI CME: The Unintended Outcome?

February 25, 2009 at 6:58 am Leave a comment

If you have been following this blog for a while you know I have a particular interest in “Performance Improvement CME”. Recently I have done several podcasts with CME professionals engaged in providing PI CME to their constituents. One striking outcome is being reported almost universally in these efforts. When physicians or groups of physicians engage in an effective PI CME initiative they not only make significant changes in their performance, they report they are learning a systematic approach to improvement they can replicate in other improvement efforts.

Not one of the CME providers I talked with indicated this was an outcome they intended. But to me this is an outcome as valuable as the intended performance changes in patient care. CME providers are teaching skills that are transferable to many different improvement interests. Perhaps we should consider physicians gaining this skill as an intended outcome of our PI CME efforts. It does mean we have to be very deliberate in teaching “improvement science” which may require some professional development of our own.

What do you think?

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Entry filed under: CME, CME Issues, Continuing Medical Education, Continung Professional Development, Physician Continuing Education, Physician Education, PI CME, Uncategorized.

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