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Study Shows ACAAI Symposia and Workshops Increase Learner Competence

ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting symposia and workshops increase learner competence according to a study summary published in the July issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Nearly half of the workshop survey participants also demonstrated a change in their practice behavior.

In conjunction with ACAAI CME/CPD Committee efforts, authors Tao Le, MD, MHS, FACAAI, and Shari Montandon, DO, evaluated seven symposia and six workshops at the 2009 ACAAI Annual Meeting that addressed clinical relevant topics. They wrote, “Participants were asked to complete case-based multiple-choice questions written in the style of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology certification examination questions. These vignettes were developed by the symposia and workshop faculty and reviewed by the ACAAI CME Committee.”

The questions were administered before the start and at the conclusion of each activity. In addition, a 1-month post-test was administered to workshop attendees via a secure web survey, which also measured their intent to change behavior and actual change at one month.

“The study is excellent, both in terms of the effort put into gathering this CME evaluation, and the results,” said ACAAI President Richard Weber, MD, FACAAI. “It confirms the efficacy of the multiple formats employed during our annual meeting to improve learner competency and change practice behavior, resulting in better patient outcomes.”

“I encourage members to participate in future surveys conducted on-site and through post-testing by the CME Committee,” Dr. Weber said.

To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first time changes in competence and practice behavior observed as a result of a national allergy and immunology annual meeting have been reported. Authors acknowledge the ACAAI CME Committee for their assistance in data collection, and Melanie Thorsen, MBAHC, Director of Education, for her review of the manuscript.

 
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