This study will examine the role of continuing medical education (CME) in the group practice setting and provide the basis for designing CME activities appropriate to the emerging competency requirements of managed care. This will be the first systematic study of the role of CME in group practices. The study is designed in three phases: Phase I will assess the current status of and needs for CME in the group practice setting and develop recommendations for future curriculum development. Phase II is dissemination of this information into the CME market. Phase III is envisioned as a longitudinal follow-up to assess the impact of these recommendations on CME providers in general and universities in particular, as well as group behavior. The project is a collaborative effort of the Medical Group Management Association, American Medical Association, the Society for Medical College Directors of Continuing Medical Education, and the American Academy of Physician's Assistants. The intent of this project is to influence both the supply -- CME providers in general and academic health centers in particular -- and demand -- by both providers and groups in particular -- for quality CME. This study should provide a basis for understanding how CME could be made a more effective tool for influencing provider behavior on any number of issues, including chronic care and substance abuse.
Amount Awarded $414,165.00
Awarded on: 11/10/1997
Time frame: 11/15/1997 - 12/31/2001
Grant Number: 31427