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June 29, 2017

Featured Activities
& Resources


Motivational Interviewing Training


Performance Improvement Resources


Atrial Fibrillation Grant


Medical Home Resources


Vaccine Resources


Grants & Training

  • Improving the Treatment of Chronic Pain in the Patient Centered Medical Home - Supported by Pfizer - Projects in 5 States
  • REMS Long-Acting Opioid Activities using FDA-Approved Content - Supported by the RPC (REMS Program Companies) - 15 State Medical Societies and 16 AHME Hospitals in 8 States REMS: FDA Approved Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies
  • Improving the Primary Care Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation - Block Grants, AHME and AAPA - Supported by the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Pfizer Partnership - 24 Projects in 17 States
  • PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home) University for Primary Care Physicians - Educational Activities and Practice Coaching - Supported by Georgia Academy of Family Physicians
  • Reducing Readmissions in Georgia - A Pilot Performance Improvement Project - 3 South Georgia Hospitals in collaboration with local physician practices - Supported by the Georgia Hospital Association
  • Motivational Interviewing Training - Enduring Activities focusing on Tobacco Cessation and Vaccinations for Adults

Bob's News & Views

Physician Institute Doings

January, 2015

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Since the last column, things around the Institute have actually been more focused on getting ready to do than on "Doing." November and December are traditionally for us a time to wrap up projects for the year and to plan for the year ahead. However, there is at least some doing on which to report.

In November, I accompanied a videographic team from Eventstreams to a primary care practice in Jersey City, NJ. Eventstreams, with whom we have had a long and productive relationship, is our vendor for a series of video evaluations of our practices that have been involved in our project, "Improving the Treatment of Chronic Pain in the Patient Centered Medical Home." We spent several hours in an internal medicine practice interviewing representatives from the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians and members of the practice. Eventstreams will now edit the product into a 10-15 minute video that will join three similar videos which we will be posting on the Doctor's Channel ( in early 2015.

Attendees of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Profession Conference in Grapevine, TX January 16, 2015 will get to see samples of these videos during our presentation on the Chronic Pain project.

Representatives from our on-going partnership in ICE (Innovations in Continuing Education) met in early December to discuss where we have been in our 6-plus years together and where we might be going. This is the group that gave birth to the several generations of Cease Smoking Today ( and has resulted in the TEAM-A ( effort to educate concerning the new class of anticoagulants. We are not exactly sure what may lie ahead in terms of collaboration, but we collectively identified some major changes affecting continuing education in the health professions. Among them are:

  • Interprofessional education;
  • Maintenance of Certification, particularly Parts 2 and 4, and the relationship of MOC to certified and accredited CME;
  • CE professionals acting in a consultative role, much as described in the Alliance's QIE Roadmap (;
  • How ACGME standards and AMA suggestions for curriculum redesign will affect undergraduate and graduate medical education;
  • How the ability to collect data will drive future CE projects;
  • How leadership development is a necessity for emerging CE and physician leaders

The next edition of the column will report on activities connected to the ACEhp's Annual Conference in Grapevine, TX, January 13-17, 2015. I hope to see some of the readers of this column there! Be surbe to say hello (Howdy in Texan).

Best wishes for a great 2015!