Office of Professional Education

Professional Education Matters | October 2015

News and Updates From the Office of Professional Education


Professional Education Reaches Thousands of Providers

In 2014, the Office of Professional Education at National Jewish Health managed 97 continuing medical education (CME) activities in which 5825 physicians and 3377 health care providers took part. Twenty-five percent (2259) of the total number of participants attended live meetings that occurred in 17 states; the other 75 percent (6943) took online courses from locations around the globe.

Currently, Professional Education is preparing for conferences that take place at the first of the year – the 52nd Annual Clinical Diabetes & Endocrinology Conference in Snowmass, CO and the 38th Annual Pulmonary & Allergy Update at Keystone in Keystone, CO – while also coordinating dozens of medical education programs on campus and online. With the support of National Jewish Health faculty, Professional Education is on track in 2015 to surpass the number of courses offered last year – courses that are developed for the ultimate purpose of improving health care delivery and patient outcomes.

Professional Education frequently works with professional associations, medical societies, patient advocacy groups, foundations, and other non-profit organizations to strengthen the quality of our programs and to increase our reach into the health care community. We also partner with high-quality medical education companies as joint providers to produce CME activities around the country, as well as internationally. In 2014, we collaborated with 10 different organizations. 

As the accredited provider in a joint providership, National Jewish Health is actively involved in developing the needs assessment and interviewing key opinion leaders, developing and reviewing content, and executing the program.

Please see more about our current courses at the end of this newsletter or click here.

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Improving Cardiovascular Health for Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

ARCH (Advocating for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cardiovascular Health) is a rheumatology-focused cardiology consultation service and intervention program for rheumatoid arthritis patients who are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. The National Jewish Health faculty who are co-chairing this activity are Darlene Kim, MD, FACC, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology; and Barbara Goldstein, MD, MMSc, FACR, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology. This activity is supported by an educational grant from Pfizer.

Through a collaborative effort of many involved in the ARCH initiative, we have been able to incorporate a referral to QuitLogix in the EMR for all National Jewish Health patients. This referral makes it very simple for providers to electronically refer any patient to QuitLogix, which is the tobacco cessation behavioral change program run by Health Initiatives at NJH. The QuitLogix referral can now be found on the FU/Ref tab in the pop-up window (shown below). This is active for use by ALL providers at NJH.

In addition, through the ARCH initiative, the Cardiology Division is helping to pilot a process for documenting dissemination of a weight management handout in the EMR that will help us to meet Meaningful Use measure requirements.

Since the project started in January, the Rheumatology Division has seen 617 patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Of those, 213 have been identified as having a cardiovascular risk, and 171 (80%) have been referred to Cardiology. One hundred forty-one (141) have been seen by or scheduled with Cardiology. To date, 50% of the RA patients engaged in this project who are current smokers have been referred to QuitLogix for tobacco cessation, and 27% with a BMI ≥25 have been referred to FitLogix for weight management.

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Almanac Features Article From Professional Education

The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions featured an article from the Office of Professional Education in its August 2015 issue of the Almanac. Titled “Practical Steps for Executing QI or PI Initiatives in a Variety of Settings,” the article discusses several of the quality and performance improvement projects developed and implemented by Professional Education and National Jewish Health faculty and staff. Sarah Meadows, Manager, Accreditation and Programs, served as lead author. Read the article here.

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Award for Most Outstanding CME Activity

This summer at the Colorado Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (CACME) Annual Conference in Vail, the Office of Professional Education was presented with an award for the Most Outstanding CME Activity for the project – “Best Practices for Medication Reconciliation at an Academic Medical Center: A Sustainable, Multidisciplinary and Interdepartmental PI/QI Initiative.”

“I was pleased to accept this award on behalf of Professional Education, as a symbol of the tremendous amount of work that went into the initiative by so many different departments here at National Jewish Health,” said Sarah Meadows, MS, CHCP, Manager, Accreditation and Programs. “It is a nice way to celebrate the effort and collaboration by all to make the initiative successful.”

Medication Reconciliation (MR) is the process of reviewing all patient medications to maintain an accurate list and avoid potential safety concerns. The Office of Professional Education developed a comprehensive proposal to address a gap that had existed in this area, and was ultimately awarded an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline to proceed with a two-year multidisciplinary performance improvement continuing medical education (PI CME) initiative that concluded on June 30, 2015.

To learn more about the medication reconciliation program, read the July 2015 report here.

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CME, CE Activities Include a New COPD Online Course and a Live Meeting for Osteoporosis

Professional Education Launches Online CME Activity for Managing COPD

Effective treatment of COPD is urgently needed in light of the mortality, morbidity and economic consequences of the disease. New Strategies for Managing COPD: The Evolving Therapeutic Paradigm and Patient Education is an online program that includes two panel discussions.

Moderated by Barry Make, MD, co-director of the COPD Program at National Jewish Health, leading experts in the field of COPD, including Russell Bowler, MD, PhD, discuss the latest evidence-based treatments as well as the safe and beneficial use of established therapies that are essential in helping more patients achieve optimal functional status and quality of life. Learn more or register here.

Live Meetings

  • Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Denver, CO — Improving the Outcomes of Patients with Osteoporosis. We invite you and your colleagues to join us for this free live, interactive case-based symposium that will address best care practices for treating patients with osteoporosis. Dinner and syllabus will be provided. Symposium is 6:00-8:30 p.m. with registration and dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. CME/CNE is available.

View details about all of our live activities and the full list of online offerings here.

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