Improving Healthcare in the 21st Century

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As health care providers, we are tasked with improving the quality of care and ensuring the safety of our patients in a cost-effective way. The University of Kansas Medical Center Continuing Education & Professional Development understands the needs of practice in the 21st century and has charted a direction to help practitioners achieve these goals. This new direction for KU Medical Center Continuing Education & Professional Development includes:

Organizational Changes

  • We’ve changed our name from Continuing Medical Education to KU Medical Center Continuing Education & Professional Development to more accurately reflect the range of services both needed and provided in today’s health care environment.
  • Decision-making will be guided by a multi-disciplinary, interprofessional strategic advisory committee to ensure our business practices remain sound and our high-quality programming remains relevant. We hope to further enhance decision-making through collaborations with provider organizations and by establishing a Physicians Network.

New Methods of Delivering Educational Content

Research demonstrates that learning is enhanced by evidence-based lessons provided in multiple sessions with multiple strategies. We plan to update our curriculum with the leadership of Jim Fishback, M.D., to include:

  • Alternative educational content delivery, such as podcasts, webinars and other online learning tactics
  • On-demand courses, which eliminate travel time and provide maximum scheduling flexibility

Expanding Quality Improvement Initiatives

  • We are developing a statewide prescription drug abuse and pain management initiative to educate primary care providers on appropriate use of prescription pain medications and methods to detect and deter misuse.
  • We will also expand our Sepsis Education Program, an initiative that began seven years ago under the direction of Steven Simpson, M.D. Our goal is to provide this quality improvement initiative to many of the Critical Access Hospitals and their supporting hospitals throughout Kansas.

Partnering with The University of Kansas Hospital, we reduced the incidence of venous thrombemboli in hospitalized patients with the development of an inter‑professional education plan. We believe our success serves as a template for hospitals in our region and state and will work with providers and hospitals to duplicate this effort. We are excited for our new direction and look forward to providing educational opportunities for you and your colleagues to improve the quality and safety of patients in Kansas and across the country in a cost-effective manner.

Susan K. Pingleton, M.D.
Associate Dean of KU Medical Center Continuing Education & Professional Development

Last modified: Sep 17, 2015
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