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SACME Virtual Journal Club September 2018

  • 07 Sep 2018
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • Teleconference/Webinar


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September 7, 2018 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm CT

Improving CPD Interventions and Strengthening the CPD Value Proposition
By Developing Our Capacity for Doing Research

Curtis Olson, PhD, FSACME 
Immediate Past Editor-in-Chief,
Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine,
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Facilitator: Mila Kostic, CHCP, FACEHP,
Director of Continuing Medical Education,
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Co-Director of Interprofessional Continuing Education,
Penn Medicine

Discussant: Betsy Williams, PhD, MPH
Clinical Program Director
Professional Renewal Center

Overview: All CPD professionals confront two imperatives:  delivering ever more effective educational interventions and strengthening stakeholders’ understanding of the value of CPD to our institutions and to improving patient care.  Enhancing effectiveness requires better ways of detecting, measuring, and communicating the impacts of CPD interventions.  Enhancing value entails providing key stakeholders with evidence showing the effectiveness of specific educational interventions and, in the academic setting, trading in the currency of the realm (ie, dissemination of our efforts through forums such as refereed journals). 

Both imperatives require that we give greater attention to research in CPD.  This session present the case for developing increased research capacity in CPD and explore ways in which CPD professionals at all levels can contribute to this end.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why should CPD professionals at all levels learn more about educational research?
  2. How can busy CPD professionals find ways to engage in research?
  3. What steps can individual CPD professionals take to further develop their understanding of and ability to conduct educational research?


Olson, C. A., & White Williams, B. (2018). Principles of effective research in continuing professional development in the health professions. In W. F. Rayburn, M. G. Turco, & D. A. Davis (Eds.), Continuing professional development in medicine and health care: better education, better outcomes (pp. 363-384). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer. Access this material.

Olson, C. A. (2012). Twenty predictions for the future of CPD: implications of the shift from the update model to improving clinical practice. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 32(3), 151-152.

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