QWhat challenges do you encounter from other departmentstryingtooffercontinuingeducation?
AStandardsfor Continuing Professional Development in many disciplines are increasingly aligned, and therefore there are fewer challenges and more
opportunities! Curriculum development is becoming a
streamlined process as the standards for various accrediting
bodies are revised to achieve one ‘gold’ standard –
measurable outcomes that enhance clinician’s performance
and ultimately improve patient care.
QWhat resources do Continuing Medical Education (CME) Departments have to develop compliant programs compared to program developers in other
ACME is a language that revolves around measurable outcomes and is ultimately a dialect of patient care. The CME Department is fluent in that language
and uses it to build bridges among diverse stakeholders.
Interdisciplinary education is increasingly valued, whether
you’re an Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical
Education (ACCME) approved provider, Accreditation
Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited
program, BOC Approved Provider or approved sponsor
of Physical Therapy CE. A CME Department can unite an
organization’s educational efforts and foster a collaborative
QHow can program developers develop and foster positive relationships with the experts in the CME Department?
ACommunication and lead time are the keys to a successful relationship! Introduce yourself to the CME Department long before the planning process
begins for your next Continuing Education program. What
are your long-term education goals? Are you looking to
increase your organization’s recognition among Athletic
Trainers? Have you noticed a reoccurring deficit in patient
care? It’s okay to talk about these things without a specific
program or agenda in mind!
Our CME office strives to be efficient, but also methodical.
Sufficient lead time with discussion among diverse
stakeholders enables us to think through a program and
discuss all the potential outcomes.
QWhat advice do you have for non-CME Department staff looking to comply with the Standards for BOC Approved Providers and BOC Approved Provider
Handbook as they develop education programs?
ALook at the evidence you’re being asked to provide and make that evidence your goal. The Standards are your roadmap to an effective education program
that truly meets the needs of Athletic Trainers and creates
In each issue of the AP Update, the BOC recognizes a BOC Approved Provider
for notable efforts to enhance its continuing education programs for Athletic
Trainers (ATs). Featured organizations follow the guidelines set forth in the
BOC Approved Provider Handbook and comply with the Standards for BOC
This issue’s featured BOC Approved Provider is Hospital for Special
Surgery (HSS), a BOC Approved Provider since 1994. Amy Stair, Director,
Accreditation & Compliance, shares their company’s experience as it adapted
its procedures to comply with the BOC Standards. Her team includes Alison
Goldberg and Whitney Arons who also work regulatory with the BOC.
HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY
Featured BOC Approved Provider