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Office of Continuing Professional Development

Activity Types (Learning Formats)

  • Live Activities
  • Live Online
  • On Demand /Online
  • Performance Improvement Initiatives
  • In Hospital Grand Rounds, M&M and Conference Series (Regularly Scheduled Series) Partners Only

Learning formats

Partners HealthCare currently certifies AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for the following learning formats.

Live Activities

A live activity is a certified CME activity that occurs at a specific time as scheduled by the accredited CME provider. Participation may be in person or remotely as is the case of teleconferences or live Internet webinars. These may be offered through a variety of delivery mechanisms; examples include, but are not limited to, national, regional or local conferences, workshops, seminars, regularly scheduled conferences, journal clubs, simulation workshops, structured learning activities presented during a committee meeting and live Internet webinars.

Enduring Material

An enduring material is a certified CME activity that lasts over a specified time. These include print, audio, video and Internet materials, such as monographs, podcasts, CD-ROMs, DVDs, archived webinars, as well as other web-based activities.

Performance Improvement

CME activity in which an accredited CME provider structures a long-term three-stage process by which a physician or group of physicians learn about specific performance measures, assess their practice using the selected performance measures, implement interventions to improve performance related to these measures over a useful interval of time, and then reassess their practice using the same performance measures. A PI CME activity may address any facet (structure, process or outcome) of a physician's practice with direct implications for patient care.

PI CME Consist of the following three stages:

Stage A: Learning from current practice performance assessment

Assess current practice using the identified performance measures, either through chart reviews or some other appropriate mechanism. Participating physicians must be actively involved in the analysis of the collected data to determine the causes of variations from any desired performance and identify appropriate intervention(s) to address these.

Stage B: Learning from the application of PI to patient care

Implement the intervention(s) based on the results of the analysis in Stage A, using suitable tracking tools. Participating physicians should receive guidance on appropriate parameters for applying the intervention(s).

Stage C: Learning from the evaluation of the PI CME effort

Re-assess and reflect on performance in practice measured after the implementation of the intervention(s) in Stage B, by comparing to the assessment done in Stage A and using the same performance measures. Summarize any practice, process and/or outcome changes that resulted from conducting the PI CME activity.

Regularly Scheduled Series

Partners HealthCare In-hospital rounds and conferences are activities designed by those in a department or center for members of their department or center. Their purpose is to enhance the quality of work in the unit in order to improve patient care, consider new approaches to management of difficult cases, review advances in the field relevant to the department, discuss new literature findings, and/or consult on the application of basic science findings to practice. Sessions are planned by those in the unit using data from the unit, surveys, priorities, and interests of the group.

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