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Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education Intervention Guideline Series: Guideline 3, Educational Meetings

Van Hoof, Thomas J. MD, EdD; Grant, Rachel E. RN, BScN, MN; Sajdlowska, Joanna BSc; Bell, Mary MD, MSc; Campbell, Craig MD; Colburn, Lois; Dorman, Todd MD; Fischer, Michael MD, MS; Horsley, Tanya PhD; LeBlanc, Constance MD, MAEd; Lockyer, Jocelyn MHA, PhD; Moore, Donald E. Jr PhD; Morrow, Robert MD; Olson, Curtis A. PhD; Silver, Ivan MD, MEd; Thomas, David C. MD, MHPE; Turco, Mary EdD, MALS; Kitto, Simon PhD

Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions: October 2015 - Volume 35 - Issue - p S60–S64
doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000011
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Abstract: The Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education commissioned a study to clarify and, if possible, to standardize the terminology for a set of important educational interventions. In the form of a guideline, this article describes one such intervention, educational meetings, which is a common intervention in health professions' education. An educational meeting is an opportunity for clinicians to assemble to discuss and apply important information relevant to patient care. Based on a review of recent evidence and a facilitated discussion with US and Canadian experts, we describe proper educational meeting terminology and other important information about the intervention. We encourage leaders and researchers to consider and to build on this guideline as they plan, implement, evaluate, and report educational meeting efforts. Clear and consistent use of terminology is imperative, along with complete and accurate descriptions of interventions, to improve the use and study of educational meetings.

Dr. Van Hoof: Associate Professor, University of Connecticut School of Nursing, Storrs, CT, and Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT. Ms. Grant: Research Associate, Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. Ms. Sajdlowska: Research Assistant, School of Nursing, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Dr. Bell: Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. Dr. Campbell: Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, and Director, Continuing Professional Development, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada. Ms. Colburn: Executive Director, Center for Continuing Education, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE. Dr. Dorman: Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Fischer: Director, National Resource Center for Academic Detailing, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, and Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Dr. Horsley: Associate Director, Research Unit, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and Adjunct Faculty, Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada. Dr. LeBlanc: Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development, and Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada. Dr. Lockyer: Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, and Senior Associate Dean, Education, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada. Dr. Moore: Professor of Medical Education and Administration, Director, Office for Continuing Professional Development, and Director of Evaluation, Medical Student Curriculum, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN. Dr. Morrow: Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine, and Associate Director of Interventional CME, Center for CME, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. Dr. Olson: Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH. Dr. Silver: Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Vice-President Education, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. Dr. Thomas: Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. Dr. Turco: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and Director, Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences and Continuing Medical Education, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Hanover, NH. Dr. Kitto: Director of Research, Continuing Professional Development and Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, and Scientist, Wilson Centre, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Correspondence: Thomas J. Van Hoof, MD, EdD, University of Connecticut, 231 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4026, Storrs, CT 06269-4026; e-mail: tom.vanhoof@uconn.edu.

Disclosures: The authors report the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) commissioned the project with funding from Pfizer, Inc. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and not necessarily those of SACME or Pfizer, Inc. Dr. Olson is the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, of which the SACME is part owner. The remaining authors declare no conflict of interest.

Received October 17, 2015

Accepted October 17, 2015

© 2015 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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