On September 12, 2017 the Alliance Research Committee released the results of their environmental scan of educational providers and supporters. This research study was conducted between December 2016 – January 2017 and identified five areas of practice that are important to the CME/CE industry. These areas included:

·         Quality Improvement

·         Adult Learning Principles/Educational Methods

·         Outcomes Measurement

·         Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

·         Patient Inclusion

Over 200 CME professionals provided a response to the survey questions (178 providers and 31 supporters). Results from the adult learning principles and educational methods indicate that CME professionals feel that adult learners are self-directed and independent learners and that their education should be relevant and integrated into their daily lives. Most agreed that education should be focused more on problem based cases and less on knowledge/content delivery.

The most exciting result from this study showcased the educational formats that both providers and supporters felt were most effective for adult learning. Simulation ranked #1 by providers and supporters as most effective. This was followed by peer-to-peer, panel discussions and demonstrations.

Simulation is a proven educational technique involving scenarios that mirror clinical situations and leverage adult learning concepts, particularly experiential learning. Branched narrative-based simulations, a type of “virtual patient”, provide a valuable approach for teaching clinical reasoning because the learner connects their decisions to the consequences presented in the simulation that impact the outcome of his or her patient. In sum, simulation accelerates the development of expertise and competency by leveraging modern educational models such as deliberate practice, conscious reflection and personalized feedback.

DecisionSim is a user-friendly, data-rich method of incorporating simulation into your online and live CME/CE activities. Contact me today to learn how to include the “most effective” education method into your program.

The entire article with results of the ACEHP’s environmental scan is available to members here: http://almanac.acehp.org/p/bl/ar/blogaid=153

Please contact Amanda Glazar, PhD, CHCP with more questions: AmandaGlazar@Kynectiv.com