Learning Science/Strategies

Conference Presentation: Destination: Patient Outcomes – Our Journey to Improving Patient Care

How Do We Know They Are Learning? Meeting Learner Needs Through Live, In-Person, and Simulcast Education Platforms

Tuesday, January 23
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: Mediterranean 2

Physician Credits: 1.0

Nursing CE Credits: 1.0

Pharmacy Credits: 1.0

ACPE UAN: 0809-9999-18-105-L04-P (Knowledge)

CHCP Exam Designation: CPD Associate Exam

Session Description
While there has been much research into the benefits and educational impact of distance-based learning in CE, controversy exists. Critics question the extent of clinician engagement and observed improvements in practice-based measures, as compared with in-person or live meeting, CME. This session will present findings from a large-scale study (N = 6,425) of the impact on performance change from a series of 28 regional live CME meetings (with 6-8 hours of lectures). We will compare attendees on-site with those who participated in the live, remote simulcast. In addition, real world patient claims and EHR data will be integrated to detail differences in the impact of the two educational platforms on patient outcomes.

Specifically, we will explore, assess, and discuss:

  1. What are the salient differences between online and distance-based learning?
  2. What are the most effective ways to engage remote learners? And how do you reliably track their engagement?
  3. Are there qualitative differences in how remote vs. on-site learners learn and retain content?
  4. Is there an educational measurement strategy that is more appropriate for an on-site vs. remote learner?
  5. Do demographic differences exist between these learner groups? And if so, how do those differences influence learning?
  6. Does subject matter or program design influence learner choice of platform?
  7. What technical issues can positively, or negatively, impact the educational process?

Our primary goal is that participants will learn from the results of this robust comparative study, the challenges and best-practices for implementation of a successful, synchronous on-site and remote learning program. 

Learning Objectives:

Gregg Sherman

Chief Medical Officer
National Association for Continuing Education
Plantation, Florida

Gregg Sherman, MD, is a Board Certified Family Physician and Chief Medical Officer of NACE. Dr. Sherman joined NACE in 2002 and helped launch NACE's flagship symposia series Emerging Challenges in Primary Care and Clinical Updates for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. He is responsible for program and faculty development, as well as data analysis for outcomes.


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Stephen R. Webber

Vice President, Business Development and Strategy
National Association For Continuing Education
Plantation, Florida

Stephen Webber has over 20 years experience in the design, development and implementation of continuing medical education curricula and outcomes measurement and analysis. He has extensive experience in the development and use of technology to create novel, effective educational designs, to improve program development processes, to enhance learner experience and performance, and to efficiently measure outcomes.

Currently Stephen Serves as Sr. VIce President Business Development and Strategy at NACE. Previously, between 1999-2011, Stephen has served in senior anagement at RealCME, Healthtalk, Healthology, and Interlink LC. In addition, Stephen spent 10 years with Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals in the 1990s.


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Karyn D. Ruiz-Cordell

Associate Director, Data Analytics, Medical Education
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Jamaica, New York

Karyn Ruiz-Cordell has been part of CME research and outcomes since 2010. Karyn has been credited with numerous presentations, publications, and awards based on her innovative outcomes research and advanced analytic strategies. She earned her MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the New School for Social Research. For her work, Karyn has been awarded the prestigious ACEhp Felch Award for Outstanding Research in CE in both 2014 and 2016.


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Steven Haimowitz

Chief Executive Officer
New York, New York

Steven Haimowitz, MD is the president of RealCME. He earned his medical degree from Downstate Medical Center in New York and did his clinical training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He entered the field of educational technology fifteen years ago and developed some of the earliest online health-focused education platforms for providers and patients.

In 2007, Dr. Haimowitz co-founded RealCME, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company focused on using online and mobile educational technology and advanced analytics to spread the adoption of innovation, best practices, and new care delivery models. The RealCME platform enables the design, authoring, publishing, delivery, and assessment of engaging educational interventions.

Previous to starting RealCME, Dr. Haimowitz was founder and CEO of Healthology, an online health education and publishing company, acquired by NBC Universal in 2006.


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