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The mission of the Continuing Medical Education Program of Oakstone Medical Publishing

Purpose
The purpose of Oakstone Medical Publishing’s continuing medical education program is to develop and disseminate educational content that is relevant and meaningful to clinical practice through activities designed to enhance physicians’ competence and performance for improved patient care and improved quality of healthcare. The goal is to provide activities that address ACGME/ABMS competencies that allow physicians to learn at a convenient time, pace, and place.

Content Areas
The content of Oakstone’s CME activities are specialty specific covering multiple clinical areas including emergency medicine, gastroenterology, general surgery, hospital medicine, infectious diseases, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics & gynecology, oral & maxillofacial surgery, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, pathology, physical & rehabilitation medicine, plastic surgery, psychiatry, pulmonology, and radiology. Activity topics address a broad range of peer-reviewed published research, clinical practice guidelines, medical specialty competencies for board certification and maintenance of certification, ethical issues, risk management solutions, patent safety, legal considerations, practice management, and CME mandated for physicians by state medical boards and specialty boards.

Target Audience
The continuing medical education efforts of Oakstone Medical Publishing are directed toward physicians in multiple medical specialties throughout the United States. Most of Oakstone’s CME activities are designed for the audio/visual-receptive audience.

Types of Activities
To accomplish the goal of providing activities that allow physicians to learn at a convenient time, pace, and place, Oakstone utilizes the latest technology and publishing methods to produce new and repurposed content in audio, video, print, Internet, electronic-based enduring, and live activities. Recently released are Internet-hosted self-assessment modules designed to meet criteria for Maintenance of Certification in radiology. Oakstone will be launching a new CME on demand option for physicians with identified learning goals.

Expected Results
The CME Program is expected to enhance competence and performance of physicians of multiple disciplines for improved patient care and improved quality of healthcare. The CME Program employs assessment methods that evaluate to what extent the activities meet learners’ expectations, and the extent to which the activities result in modifications of clinical practice and patient care.

  • Continuous use of post-activity assessment tools that measure immediate change in participant learning.
  • Periodic assessment to determine whether learners applied modifications to clinical practice on the basis of what was learned.

Activity evaluations and survey results from participants and presenters/authors are used to measure the extent to which Oakstone meets its mission and for implementing improvements to future CME activities and operations.