My Alliance Experience

January 29, 2011 at 4:06 am Leave a comment

Finally, after more than 10 years of urging, nudging, and conceptual bludgeoning the importance of collaboration between CME and quality improvement has come to center stage in the CME profession.

I am sure many of my CME colleagues attending the annual meeting of the Alliance for CME framed their experience around their interests and learning needs. My time at the meeting focused on numerous sessions focused on improvement initiatives and issues surrounding maintenance of certification. I am convinced we are seeing a major shift in the focus of CME from individual physician learners to collaborative learning required to engage in improvement in specific practice settings.

Representatives from numerous national “regulatory” organizations presented at the meeting calling for physicians to establish “cultures of improvement” recognizing that this is going to be a challenging and productive journey but a journey that will be taken. In future posts I’ll share some of their insights and questions.They asked attendees at the meeting if CME was ready to support this effort and how they would do that. Few answers were forthcoming form the CME community but we better have answers. If not, this opportunity will pass and with it our chance to renew our relevance in medicine.

Are we ready? Fortunately many in our midst are deeply involved in linking quality and education. And they have the data to demonstrate significant outcomes. I attended several presentations where reports on successful improvement initiatives were shared – some PI CME others not. Some presentations shared tools they were using to guide their CME efforts like the A3 approach to problem solving I have mentioned several times in this Blog.

The environment of CME has been shifting slowly during the past few years. I have a feeling the corner has been turned and welcome the new direction our field has taken. New skills are required of us. New partners are required of us. Our future is as bright as I have seen it in the many years I have been engaged in CME.

Collaboration Between Quality and CME – The New Normal.


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