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Pan American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) Continuing Medical Education Online Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Continuing Medical Education Online Program is to assist practicing ophthalmologists, ophthalmologists in training and other healthcare professionals in becoming lifelong learners.

We seek to sponsor evidence based programming,based on sound principles of adult learning, and that will result in positive changes in their  healthcare practice, finally improving the outcomes of their patients.

Content

PAAO´s CME online program includes a broad range of ophthalmology primary care, specialty and subspecialty topics chosen through a comprehensive needs assessment process. (1) The needs assessment process identifies "gaps" in physician knowledge, competence, performance and behaviors, defined as differences between current practice and best practice. Continuing medical education content is chosen for its relevance to the target audience's current or potential scope of professional activities. CME activities are planned in the context of desirable physician attributes and core competencies to promote dissemination of practice patterns of high quality and serve the best interests of the public. The content may extend to all domains related to medical practice and not limited only to medical knowledge. Multiple methods for needs assessments are used. (2)

Target audience

Practicing ophthalmologists,ophthalmologists in training and other healthcare professionals interested in ophthalmology

Types of activities (3) (4)

Synchronous activities: Webinars with multimedia presentations  with high interactivity between presenters and participants.

Asynchronous online courses: Tutor led courses with multimedia presentations, performance support documents, discussion forums and practice activities.

In both cases good practices of CPD/CME are followed.

Expected results

The desired expectation of the CME online program is to enhance the learner's’ knowledge and their ability to apply knowledge to practice (i.e., competence).

To facilitate the measurement of expected results, learners are asked—via pre- and post-test, course evaluations, outcomes questionnaires, to critically evaluate key aspects of individual activities and how these activities met their needs.

Critical metrics for these assessments include one or more of the following but are not limited to:

Credit system

PAAO will extend a CME certificate of 1 PAAO Category 1 credit for every hour of activity after the participants passes the activity assessment.

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  1. Principles and Guidelines of a Curriculum for Continuing Medical Education in Ophthalmology. http://www.icoph.org/dynamic/attachments/resources/icocurriccme.pdf
  2. Needs assessments guidelines from the Boonshoft School of Medicine.   https://medicine.wright.edu/continuing-medical-education/needs-assessment-guidelines 
  3.  ICO Position Paper in CPD http://www.icoph.org/resources/318/ICO-Position-Paper-in-CPD.html
  4.  ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME eBook http://www.icoph.org/downloads/ICOGuidetoEffectiveCPDCME-PreviewEdition-March2015.pdf