OnDemand: Best Practices Writing CME Needs Assessments

Air Date: May 19, 2016

A needs assessment (NA) lies at the heart of every application for commercial support of an accredited program for continuing education in the healthcare professions. The days of the mass-produced, one-size-fits-all NA are over, and a well-written NA that draws on multiple sources of evidence can help your application stand out from the competition.

Aimed at anyone who writes, edits, or purchases needs assessments, this webinar with CME expert Donald Harting reviews two years’ worth of nationwide survey data on techniques used by veteran medical writers when gathering and presenting data about clinical practice gaps.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Select sources of evidence that align with best practices.
  • Present key program elements in an evidence-based manner.
  • Comment on the relative influence of quality improvement versus performance improvement in needs assessment.
  • Review the importance of patient education when writing NAs.
  • Identify and work around important barriers to practice.
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Webinar Presenter: Donald HartingAbout the Presenter: Donald Harting, MA, ELS, CHCP

Winner of the 2016 "People's Choice" award from the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp), Donald Harting, MA, ELS, CHCP serves as a continuing medical education (CME) specialist at MCM Education in Newtown Pennsylvania. Don is also co-investigator on a multi-year research project aimed at benchmarking best practices in CME needs assessment. A former investigative reporter, Don holds dual certification from the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and the Commission for Certification of Healthcare CPD Professionals. Since 2009, Don has written or edited needs assessments, grant applications, and RFPs that have produced a combined $3.6 million for education. In addition to ACEhp, Don is an active member of the American Medical Writers Association and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for CME. His article ranking the top 20 free needs assessment guidelines on the Internet appears in the current issue of CE Measure.


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