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ACEhp CPD Pulse Points August Edition: CPD Grab Bag

In April, the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) began a weekly series of webinars called "CPD Pulse Points." In each session, Chitra Subramanian, current ACEhp president, has a conversation with a guest about a topic relevant to healthcare CPD today. Registration is free for ACEhp members. Non-members can attend the live sessions for $5 or purchase a recording for $25. Each session is recorded and made available for learners who are unable to attend the live meeting, so if any of the sessions sound interesting to you, they are available for viewing in full.

While past months have had an overarching theme, the four sessions held in August had little in common beyond the overarching topic of healthcare CPD. Despite that, there was still useful information, good discussion, and the joy of maintaining a connection with others in our field.

Key Takeaways:
  • When creating new activities, plan for multiple formats. Think of every piece as a building block that can be reused. If it you can't make it reusable, then don't waste time creating it in the first place
  • Make sure your content is accessible to all learners, including those with disabilities. If you don't know how to make sure your content is accessible, spend the money to hire someone who does
  • We need to shift our language. It's not burnout; it's moral injury. This helps us see how the problem is with the system, not the individual. Are providers burned out because they aren't doing enough self-care? Or are they suffering moral injury because the system is asking too much of them without providing the right support?
  • Pick your activity description carefully. Don't just tell people that your activity will be online. Make sure your learners know if it will be asynchronous or require them to log in at a specific time
  • It's been about 15 years since practice gaps became a required part of activity design. We are now in the midst of another shift in what CPD means. We need to move our focus to the competencies being taught instead of focusing on how much time we spend educating

The following are the sessions held in August.

August CPD Pulse Points

Designing Instruction for Scalability and Portability, August 6, 2020 (slides available for free) – NOTE: This session was held during a hurricane. There were significant connectivity issues, and the audio is very choppy. There has been some discussion to have this topic again later in hopes of a better presentation, but a redo has not been scheduled as of this writing. If this session sounds interesting, I recommend just looking at the slides.

The urgency of now: How can CPD serve as a catalyst for change, August 13, 2020 (slides available for free)

A case study: managing accreditation now and in the new normal, August 20, 2020 (handouts available for free)

A Gaze on the CPD Profession during the Time of COVID-19, August 27, 2020 (slides available for free

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