How the Pandemic Is Affecting the Accredited Continuing Education Provider Community

ACCME Highlights (08/24/20)

An Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education survey of accredited continuing education (CE) providers gauged the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the provider community. Respondents cited the transition from live to virtual or hybrid CE formats as both opportunistic and challenging, and they said they expected online programming to dominate for the foreseeable future, likely becoming permanent. Highlighted opportunities include experimentation with activities for interprofessional teams and helping faculty to teach online. Challenges to consider include additional stress on educational staff, correctly recording attendance and guaranteeing feedback from online activities. Accredited providers indicated that hospitals/health systems were more likely than other provider categories to report staff being furloughed. Specialty societies also were more likely to report that they had to refund fees and give back commercial support. Moreover, most respondents said they have had to cancel or revamp live activities.

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