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January 12, 2021

Opening Keynote: Nurturing Resilience: Finding the Personal Qualities and Social Supports We Need to Thrive (Even during a pandemic)
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. ET

Michael Ungar, Ph.D. World-renowned Resilience Expert

Throughout this fast-paced, story-filled presentation, Dr. Ungar will show that resilience is much more than just personal ruggedness in the face of adversity. It is instead a reflection of how well individuals, families, educators and employers work together to create opportunities for us to find our way to the resources we need for well-being while making those resources available in ways that we experience as meaningful. Based on Dr. Ungar’s research around the world and his clinical practice, this presentation uses examples from his new book Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success to explore how those who help others can avoid burnout and maintain their own career and life resilience when stressors pile up at home and on the job. Twelve factors that make us more resilient as adults will be discussed, along with practical tools participants can use to find the resources they need to cope successfully in culturally and contextually relevant ways, even during a pandemic. Dr. Ungar will also show how these same factors can help the people we work with achieve their life goals, and the value of continuing education as a resource for resilience. Finally, Dr. Ungar will talk about vicarious resilience, the positive impact we experience as helpers when we nurture resilience in others.

Exhibit Hours
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

They Can't Pour From an Empty Cup: Lessening the Impact of Burnout by Rethinking Continuing Professional Development
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. ET
Curriculum Domain: Healthcare/CPD Landscape
Presented by: Donna Gabriel, MS, Med-IQ and Allison Gardner, PhD, CHCP, Med-IQ

During this session, participants will receive an update on the state of clinician burnout in the time of COVID-19. Additionally, we will address common misconceptions about mindfulness and share real-world examples of how this approach to education is being implemented in other settings, and how it can be translated to CPD. Finally, small group discussions will generate new ideas about what is possible for the future of CPD and our role in stemming the tide of clinician burnout.

When There are No Facts: Education Design Methods During the COVID Crisis
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. ET
Curriculum Domain: Evolving and Emerging Trends
Presented by: Christine Keenan, MSN, RN, American College of Cardiology

In this immersive educational design session, we will share our “responsive” educational design approach. You will identify the characteristics of responsive education needs and explore evidence-based learning methodologies that were used to anchor the design. By the end of this session, you will create your own responsive education action plan, adding a new tool to your educational design toolbox.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Healthcare Education
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. ET
Details to come!

January 13, 2021

Section Meetings
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET

Confessions of Online Teaching Faculty:  Quality First for CPD!
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. ET
Curriculum Domain: Educational Design
Presented by: Elizabeth Franklin, PhD, CHCP, University of Mississippi Medical Center

The Quality Matters© principles and standards for excellence in higher education online instruction can be overlaid with the CEhp National Learning Competencies and the Educating the Educator curriculum to develop and deliver the highest quality professional development for health professionals.  Using QM© standards, CPD professionals can utilize an evidence-based process for maintaining online or remote learning quality assurance, whether synchronous or enduring material content.  Ways to foster learner to learner, instructor to learner and learner to content interaction and engagement will be demonstrated.  Instructional design concepts and course alignment will be discussed within a CPD program, free and inexpensive learning software will be introduced to learners, and participants will be able to experiment with these tools during the session.

Exhibit Hours
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Modern Microlearning-Based CPD: Examples, Benefits, and Open Questions
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. ET
Curriculum Domain: Evolving and Emerging Trends
Presented by: Tina Stacy, PharmD, FACEHP, BCOP, CHCP, Kevin Obholz, PhD, and Jason Everly, PharmD, BCOP, CHCP, Clinical Care Options, LLC

This microlearning session will be completely interactive and immersive for participants and the session will be divided into 3 discussion sections followed by 5 minutes for closing thoughts and a summary of the session. Upon entering the session, participants will be given a handout of the pre-activity slides along with the cases and questions for small and large group discussion.

  • Discussion 1: What is the Current State of Health CPD Microlearning Activities? (20 minutes)
  • Discussion 2: Addressing Unanswered Questions on CPD Microlearning for HCPs (25 minutes)
  • Discussion 3: What is the Future of Health CPD Microlearning?

The overall concluding activity will be a short reinforcing overview of the full session.

Microlearning Sessions: Measurement and Evaluation
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. ET

A Quick Guide to Good Study Design in Medical Education Activities

Presented by: Gary Bird, PhD

A clearly defined study design is an essential first step in the development of medical education. Whether you are thinking about a potential publication or are considering what outcomes information you will show to a funder, getting the design right from the onset allow will you to leverage your data to demonstrate success. This presentation will boil down the most important things you need to know about study design to a few key points. At the end of the session you will be aware of the primary considerations for a good design that will allow you to make the most of the data you produce in your activity.

Uncovering the Power of Your CME Data

Presented by: Pan Chen, PhD

This session will provide an overview and comparison of analytical strategies and tools that can be used to gain insights from CME data. Using a question-driven and problem-solving approach, practical principles will be shared to guide the analytical approach selection based on the resources available. Additional insights will also be offered to drive out-of-box thinking of how we can use data to not only assess CME outcomes but also inform quality improvement and program development.

Novel Suggestions on Reporting CME Outcomes

Presented by: Michael Beyer and Emily Bixler, MBA

“So many slides, I can’t wait to read them all!” said no one, ever.

Focusing the volume of data that can be collected from a medical education activity into a digestible package is a challenging task. As yet, there is no standard to inform decisions on what to include, how to summarize, and what best facilitates communication with supporters and stakeholders. This session will address lessons learned in the development of an emerging method of presenting CME outcomes: digital posters. Participants will be provided with practical recommendations for translating their existing reporting into this increasingly relevant format.

Program Management via Excel: The Gift of the Pivot Table
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. ET
Curriculum Domain: Technology
Presented by: Anne Perch, MBA, CHCP and Kaylinh Ly, MPH, Baylor College of Medicine

Proficiency in Excel is a beneficial skill particularly for management and analysis of large sets of data for CE programs. This session is designed to share how Excel, and specifically the use of Pivot tables within Excel, can be used to slice and dice data. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops and participate in follow-along, hands-on work.

January 14, 2021

Business Meeting
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET

More than Bells and Whistles – Motivating Learners through Educational Design
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. ET
Curriculum Domain: Adult Learning
Presenter: Ailene Cantelmi, The France Foundation, Elizabeth Lepkowski, MATD, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Hilary Schmidt, PhD, Calibre Institute for Quality Medical Education, and Julie White, MS, CHCP, Boston University School of Medicine

In this skills workshop, you will learn key strategies to motivate and predispose learning, including how these strategies can be applied within a variety of learning formats, learning settings, and expected outcomes. You will learn how to avoid common pitfalls and misuses of a variety of predisposing tactics.

Exhibit Hours
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

PechaKucha: An Exciting and Effective Alternative to Traditional Presentations in Healthcare Education
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. ET
Curriculum Domain: Educational Design
Presented by: Melodye Farrar, MAEd, CCMEP, CMP-HC and Kimberly Hutson, BA, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Participants who attend this activity will experience an example of an Ignite presentation firsthand and will have the ability to discuss the pros and cons of implanting Ignite in healthcare education. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of this exciting presentation format and how to incorporate Ignite to their educational program.

Ignite Sessions
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. ET

Diversity Education in the Current Environment

Presented by: Michelle Stewart, MA, CHCP, Senior Director, Educational Strategy, NACCME

The importance of diversity in education has never been more prominent than it is today.  As the old guard make their final rounds, the new generation must continue to welcome and seek out points of view from all voices – bringing fresh ideas to impressionable learners and ensuring that potential is never smothered because a voice was discouraged from speaking.

The Art of Working with Rockstars: How to Get the Most Out of Your Member Experts

Presented by: Dr. Jon Aleckson, Chief Executive Officer, Web Courseworks and  Elizabeth Nicholson, Senior Manager, Online Education - Society of Interventional Radiology

This ignite session will feature quotes from medical association medical educators who have mastered the art of working with subject matter experts.  Taken from the book The Experts Halo illustrations depict how to corral huge egos and gain respect for your instructional design contributions.  Also featured are tips on managing the development of online medical curriculum projects.  Communication is prominent as is spiking project momentum.  Featured are curriculum designer, Elizabeth Nicolson,  from the Society of Interventional Radiology, a representative from the top CME provider ARRS,  Eric Peterson,  AAPA,  Deb Stone from the Veterinary Medical Association, and chief innovator from the College of Chest Physicians (CHEST).

Measuring Educational Effectiveness of CPD Activities: A Brief Introduction to the t-test Statistic

Presented by: James D. Morgante, PhD, Manager of Measurement and Evaluation, AO North America

Inferential statistics can provide quantitative measurement of educational effectiveness of CPD activities.  A t-test is an inferential statistic used to determine if there is a significant difference between means.  To measure within-session learning of a CPD activity, for example, a t-test can be used to compare the means of a pre- and post-activity assessment.  This skill-based, Ignite Presentation will provide a brief overview of the use of a t-test for hypothesis testing and, specifically, to determine whether a CPD activity has a meaningful effect on health care professionals' developing expertise.

TeamSTEPPS® for COVID-19: Skills-based training in an online educational activity 

Presented by: Reema Mustafa, MPH, CHCP, Sr. Program Coordinator, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Deborah Y. Land, MPH, BSN, RN, CHCP  

An essential skill of frontline Healthcare professionals is the effective utilization of teamwork and communication, which is shown to optimize patient safety.  The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic magnified the need for this critical skill in a rapidly changing health care environment. The UT Southwestern Office of Continuing Medical and Public Education collaborated with the High Reliability Team and Clinical Nurse Educator to develop an Internet Live Course focused on TeamSTEPPS®: an evidence-based set of teamwork tools developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). These tools are aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. This live internet CME activity addressed the relevance of these principles in caring for patients hospitalized due to COVID-19. This presentation will demonstrate how we engaged in this collaboration and adapted hands-on skills training from an in-situ simulation environment to an interactive webinar.  

From Student to Educator: How Online Higher-Education in 2020 Shifted My Educational Design

Presented by: Stephanie Neumann, BS, Associate Director, Educational Strategy, Physicians' Education Resource, LLC (PER)

This presentation will provide a rapid update on how the online MBA student experience shifted my perspective regarding online educational programming. The presentation will include pros and cons of different classroom experiences, and how we can utilize and advocate for modern-day methods in our CME educational design. Some of the "hot topics" will include key advantages from short-long video clips, take home material, discussion boards, and live online sessions to provoke gain of knowledge and competence on key topics in the healthcare industry!

A Piping Hot Espresso Shot of Continuing Education Buzz

Presented by: Dr. Andy Hicken, VP, Technology Solutions, Web Courseworks

This powerful dose of continuing education for the health professions hype condenses the top 10 trends from a data-driven analysis of continuing medical education industry influencer tweets into a single whirlwind session, covering all the latest buzzwords that you need to know - or at least have heard of.

Optimally Organized: Quick Tips for Activity File Organization

Presented by: Renea Marin, Program Manager, AOE Consulting

Planning and implementation of a continuing education activity comes with an overload of documentation.  With all of the materials, it can be quite difficult for a provider to master organization.  This session will provide some tips and tricks for setting up and maintaining a well-organized activity file.

Diversity in CME: More Than a Buzzword

Presented by: Ann C. Lichti, CHCP, FACEHP, VP of Outcomes, Accreditation, and Compliance, Physicians' Education Resource, LLC

The word diversity is often interchanged with the word variety.  In CME, that can mean many things - from educational formats and instructional design to faculty perspectives and learners' practice settings. In order to truly embrace demographic, experiential, and cognitive diversity in CME, we need to examine what our education will look like.  Does this mean moving beyond selecting the leading researchers as faculty? Will we include perspectives of community-based practitioners at the podium? Can our viewpoints about diverse "formats" of education focus equally on instructional design and learner engagement? To truly move CME into the future, we need to challenge the current narrative together.

Annual Competitive Awards Poster Presentations
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. ET
Presented by: Gary Bird, PhD, American Academy of Family Physicians, Ailene Cantelmi, MFA, The France Foundation, Matthew Frese, MBA, Med Learning Group, Andrea Harshman, MHA, CHCP, CMP-HC, National Jewish Health, Anne Jacobson, MS, CHCP, PRIME Education, LLC, and Lauren Welch, Med Learning Group

This session will feature the recipients of the 2021 Annual Competitive Awards. Each speaker will present briefly on their winning submission. View the award posters.   

This session is sponsored by HME/myCME/NACE 

January 15, 2021

Creating Partnerships and Engaging Educational Designs for Interdisciplinary Learners
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. ET
Curriculum Domain: Leadership
Presented by: Theodore Bruno, MD, FACCEHP, The France Foundation, Charles Clayton, American Society of Hematology, Devon Cortright, M.Ed., American Society for Clinical Pathology, Katherine Biles, CHCP, Bristol-Myers Squibb

This session will review how to enlist other stakeholders including supporters in a compliant manner to support/partner in the development of an educational initiative, how to create engaging educational designs that encourage collaboration amongst interdisciplinary learners, and how to evaluate and assess outcomes when targeting interdisciplinary care team members.

Exhibit Hours
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Successes & Challenges in Developing a System of Multiple Support CEhp Activities
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. ET
Curriculum Domain: Grants and Industry Support
Presented by: Laura Johnson, LRJ Consulting, Brad Fundingsland, The Fundingsland Group, Kate Fehlhabe, PhD, The Fundingsland Group

The session will use lessons learned from 5 years’ experience in building extensive programs of multi-supported CEhp curricula in the US and Europe to highlight the keys to successful development and implementation of multi-supported educational programming. The session will focus on three core aspects.

You Can Do It! Busting Myths About the Use of Audience Response Technology
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. ET
Curriculum Domain: Technology
Presented by: Christina Billings, MPH, CHCP, Des Moines University

In this hands-on session, learners will experience a variety of audience interaction scenarios from the participant perspective. Case studies will be presented, and we will do a fun competition to bust the myths surrounding the use of audience response technology. We will explore opportunities to integrate audience response technology as a tool to 1) improve audience engagement and learning outcomes, 2) reduce post-activity follow-up and gather more accurate feedback, 3) increase options for measuring learning outcomes, and 4) demonstrate compliance with ACCME Accreditation with Commendation criteria 35 and 36. Barriers to utilization of audience response technology and methods to overcome them will also be discussed. Participants will walk away with a list of ideas for incorporating interactive audience participation into their own CE program. Additionally, a handout will be provided that can be used as a template for speakers during the planning phase that provides easy instructions for incorporating interactive audience participation into their presentations.

2020 in the Rearview: Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going 
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. ET
Panel Discussion

Jann Balmer, PhD, RN, FACEHP, FAAN
UVA School of Nursing

Steven Kawczak, PhD, CHCP, FACEHP
Cleveland Clinic

Greselda Butler, CHCP, FACEHP
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.

Eric Peterson, EdM, FACEHP, CHCP
American Association of Pas

Lauren Welch
Med Learning Group

Join us for the closing panel of the Virtual Alliance 2021 Annual Conference! Hear from experts representing various Alliance Member Sections as they reminisce on lessons learned from 2020 and how COVID-19 fundamentally changed the way we educate people. Panelists will examine the ways in which responding to COVID-19 has forced CPD’s in healthcare to rapidly evolve and embrace new technology. Learn about the opportunities and risks surrounding these new methods for supporting the Health Care Professionals we serve, along with a few fun ways to ensure you’re maintaining your own sanity as you deal with Zoom fatigue and other unexpected issues that have arisen while we navigate this global pandemic!