ERIC Number: ED213920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Development of Standards to Ensure the Competency of Physician Assistants. Volume V of V: The Design of a System of Accreditation and Maintenance of a Roster of CME Programs for Physician Assistants. Final Report, July 1, 1976-August 14, 1979.
Fisher, Donald W.; Crain, Mary Jane
A project was conducted to suggest modifications to the American Academy of Physician Assistants' accreditation system for group-oriented continuing medical education (CME) programs. Other objectives were to maintain a roster of such CME programs and search for alternative means for physician assistants (PAs) to maintain and update their skills and knowledge. A system was developed to cross-reference a roster of CME programs chronologically, by state, and by topic presented. A roster of 411 CME programs was maintained from July 1976 to June 1978. Designing alternative CME accreditation mechanisms was accomplished through two methods. The Evaluation and Advisory Committees provided input. CME checklist data were collected from PAs taking part in group-oriented CME programs on reasons PAs attend programs, how they feel they learn best, and how they evaluate programs. Supervising physicians were also queried regarding CME for PAs. A suggested alternative was the proposed Coordinating Committee on CME Accreditation to utilize educational experts, practicing PAs, physicians, and program organizers in the accrediting process. Requirements were also recommended for individual program and sponsor accreditation. (Exhibits, amounting to approximately two-thirds of the volume, include the roster of CME programs and checklist data.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHEW/PHS), Bethesda, MD. Bureau of Health Manpower.
Authoring Institution: American Academy of Physician Assistants, Arlington, VA.