The mission of Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) Continuing Education (CE) Department is to: assist physicians, dentists and other health care professionals in the content translation, diffusion, and application of evidence-based knowledge; support the CMDA institutional mission of partnering with national and international organizations to provide education to health care professionals and meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients by eliminating barriers and developing and implementing strategies to identify and narrow professional practice gaps by changing the learners’ knowledge, competence and performance in order to change patient outcomes.
Purpose: CMDA CE has four purposes. First, provide educational resources, networking opportunities, medical missions, and a voice for Christian health care professionals through collaboration with the Christian Medical & Dental Associations’ stakeholders. Second, identify professional practice gaps; and design, deliver, evaluate and document educational activities and initiatives to change health care professionals’ competence, performance and patient outcomes for the purpose of improving the health and welfare of patients. Third, provide a forum for the challenges faced by Christian healthcare professionals concerning bioethics, rights of conscience and other controversial topics. The Christian Medical & Dental Associations’ stakeholders include its members, physicians, dentists and other health care professionals practicing in missions regionally, nationally and internationally. Fourth, build collaborations with national and international organizations including ministries of health, hospitals, universities and others.
Content Areas: The CMDA CE will develop educational content and strategies to change physician, dentist and other health care professionals’ knowledge, competence and performance in order to improve the health and welfare of patients. In addition, CMDA will assist in making practice and system changes in the health care delivery environment.
Target Audience: CMDA CE will serve two primary audiences, internal and external. The internal audience includes professional staff, affiliated health care organizations and health care professionals. For the internal audience, CE will play a critical role within CMDA for education, providing Category 1 Credits, AGD Credits as well as other credits, and participating in improving the health and welfare of patients through partnerships with the CE Committee initiatives. The external audience consists of a broad population of national and international health care providers, administrators, and others who impact the health of patients beyond the CMDA stakeholders.
Types of Activities:
- Educational Activities: The primary strategy for accomplishing the mission will be the development and implementation of a range of educational activities. These activities will be developed around specific needs related to gaps in knowledge, competence and performance. They will be delivered in a variety of formats, including, live events (e.g., lectures, workshops, and seminars) and enduring materials.
- Identification of Barriers to Change: As part of the activity planning, activity planners will identify barriers to change, recommend and implement into activities ways to overcome those barriers. The activity evaluation will assess the level of change resulting from the educational intervention.
- Interdisciplinary Team Approach to Education: Improving the health of patients requires the education and participation by a variety of health care professionals and others. Educational interventions will include a variety of professionals and stakeholders in the educational activities in order to promote change and improvements.
- Partnerships and Alliances: CMDA will partner with a variety of organizations, and other groups whose missions overlap with the CMDA/CE. Some of these include: quality improvement organizations/departments, administrators, educational institutions, patient advocacy groups, relief organizations and others.
- Non-educational tools and strategies for change: As an adjunct to educational programming, CMDA will develop and disseminate non-educational tools and resources that facilitate changes in competence, performance and changes to patient care.
- Physician competencies and desirable physician attributes: As part of its planning, the CMDA will incorporate the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) competencies designed by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the competencies established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and the desirable physician attributes established by the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) these include: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, systems based practice, professionalism, interpersonal skills and communication, Interdisciplinary Teams, quality Improvement and Utilization of Informatics.
Expected Results: CMDA will utilize evaluations and outcome surveys that encourage learner self-assessment and self-directed decisions that will encourage changes and make improvements in health care practices. A follow-up outcomes survey will include an open-ended question on patient outcomes (no patient identification) and will be used to measure changes in competence, performance and patient outcomes. Both instruments will provide data on the impact of the educational activities, overall Program and drive an ongoing quality improvement process within CE. Where possible, assessment of patient care indicators or other data will be used to provide objective insight into the impact of the educational activities. CMDA expects results to demonstrate changes in competence, performance and patient outcomes as a result of its educational interventions and the impact and scope of its overall CE program.
Approved by Christian Medical & Dental Associations CE Advisory Committee / Board of Trustees – September 2013