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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hot Topics Sessions for Our Docs

Yesterday at WMHS, we provided a physician and advanced practice professional education event called Hot Topics.  We chose eight different areas for physician / APP education.  Topics included the latest in Information Technology at WMHS, our expanded Observation Unit, our new Infusion Center, Performance Improvement Initiatives, Quality Initiatives, Use of Restraints, Advanced Directives and Care Management changes.  We offered three different opportunities throughout the day and into the evening for medical staff members to spent 30 minutes at the event and receive CME credits.  Why is such an event (that will happen at least quarterly) so important?   One of our physician members of the President's Clinical Quality Council said it best, "with all of the change that is here and coming in health care, the information that physicians need to know is like taking a drink from a fire hose."  We have used a similar approach to educate our physicians, but on  much smaller scale.   Usually in the medical staff lounge from time to time,  we will do a demonstration on a new IT program that will make their professional lives easier.  We simply expanded the approach with 8 topics consisting of a 5 minute target message at each booth.  Thanks to all who attended and organized the event.

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