Cycling CME

A unique CME learning experience for Physicians, PA-C's, and other Medical Providers who love to bike

Active CME:  Combining Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Bicycle Touring for the Healthcare Provider

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Continuing Medical Education (CME) Innovation

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Innovation

As an educator interested in implementing the best practices in teaching or pedagogy surrounding CME, two recent articles published online in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) caught my attention. The first, a viewpoint from the leaders of the Medical Education department of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), noted that some traditional models of learning, such as passively sitting in a large group while lectures are presented has been shown to be an inefficient means of learning.  They note that educators should strive to create active, dynamic and participatory learning. To address this, these organizations are attempting to simplify the system and eliminate barriers that would constrain innovation in educational programs.

The second article, by Stevenson and Moore, discusses the CME pyramid and how to assure attaining the top two levels of the pyramid, which are improving patient and community health.  They feel that CME activities that improve competency and performance while improving patient health consists of active learning, multiple exposures, variety in instructional techniques, time to go deeper with the topics, and focus on outcomes important to health care providers.

These findings support what we strive for in our Cycling CME conferences, implementing best practices of education. Our conference format is conducive to active learning, interactive small groups, and a variety of instructional tactics to promote greater learning. In addition, we hope that our general theme of the importance of physical activity and nutrition directly address the top two levels of the pyramid, patient and community health.

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References:

McMahon, GT and Skochelak, SE. Evolution of Continuing Medical Education. Promoting Innovation Through Regulatory Alignment. JAMA, 2018.

Stevenson, R and Moore, DE. Ascent to the Summit of the CME Pyramid. JAMA, 2018.

Cycling CME Mountain Bike Colorado 2016

Cycling CME Mountain Bike Western Colorado 2016

Our Inaugural Mountain Bike Conference was a huge success and we would like to say a big “Thank You” to all our attendees! It was a pleasure getting to know each and every one of you during our time of learning & riding, eating & sharing stories. Memories were made and friendships formed as we spent the week together here in Western Colorado.

Our conference theme was “Care of the Active Patient” and we learned through classroom-style lectures, participant participation, and on-the-trail workshops. Topics included: Exercise is Medicine, Nutrition in the Athlete, Case Studies of the Injured Athlete, and Exercising in the Heat, Cold & Altitude. After the day’s ride we gathered for our trailhead workshops which focused on: Initial Treatment to the patient injured on the Trail/ in the Wild, Bites and Stings, Friction and You. Our presenters included Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine Physicians, all of whom are outdoor enthusiasts.

The conference was attended by avid mountain bikers who had a great time riding the trails and attending daily CME. Our conference participants came from all over the United States and enjoyed biking on new terrain at the West end of our Valley and into Utah. We rode the classic Western Rim in Rabbit Valley, Kokopelli Trail, and 18 Road Trails in the North Fruita Desert area. Check out the links and see for yourself why Fruita, Colorado has become a hot spot for mountain biking!

We can’t talk about Fruita without giving mention to a local favorite pizzeria – The Hot Tomato! This bike-themed establishment serves up the best pizza & brew and quickly became a favorite of our participants.

We were blessed by wonderful weather and a great group of participants, whom we now call friends. We are already looking forward to Cycling CME Mountain Bike Western Colorado 2017.  Hope to see you there!

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