Core Curriculum on Medical Direction in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care

The Society's Core Curriculum on Medical Direction in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (Core Curriculum) guides participants through 22 critical areas (see topics below) of post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC) management. Each topic builds on information shared, with lectures and discussions creating a comprehensive and cohesive picture of medical direction in PA/LTC. 

The Core Curriculum is divided into two parts, an online portion (Online Core Curriculum) and a live face-to-face synthesis weekend (Core Synthesis). The online portion of the Core Curriculum is a prerequisite for attending the synthesis weekend.

Online Core Curriculum

The Online Core Curriculum consists of recorded presentations and two mandatory live question and answer session webinars. The first webinar includes a question and answer session on the first eight topics of the program and is offered at the midpoint of the course. The second webinar covers the remaining course topics and takes place at the end of the course. It is advised that attendees complete the topics presented in each webinar prior to attending the webinar. Each webinar is offered three times; attendees are only required to participate in one session of each webinar. In 2018, the Online Core Curriculum will be offered three times.

When registering for the Online Core you will receive your login information for the course one week prior to the course start date.  If registering after the start date of the course, your login information will take 24-48 business hours to be sent.

Core Synthesis 

The Core Synthesis is a live, face-to-face meeting comprised of dynamic lectures, role plays, case-based discussion, and small group breakout sessions. This program offers attendees the opportunity to interact closely with other participants and the course faculty. In 2018 the Core Synthesis will be offered twice. The online portion of the Core Curriculum is a prerequisite for attending the synthesis weekend.

Certification

The Core Curriculum, or its equivalent PA/LTC management educational program, is required for all Certified Medical Director (CMD) candidates. Learn more about the certification process.

Those who have already completed Part I in 2016 or earlier and did not complete Part II will have to retake the course in its entirety. Please contact the Society’s Professional Development department at education@paltc.org with any questions.

2017 Schedule 

Date Location Important Details Member Price Non-Member Price
Online Fall Session
8/7-10/18
Online Register by August 6
Save $200

Q and A Webinar I Options: 9/5, 9/13, 9/21 from 7:00pm-8:30pm Eastern

Q and A Webinar II Options: 10/10, 10/18, 10/26 from 7:00pm-8:30pm Eastern

Early Bird Rate
$1,995 by 8/9
Regular Rate
$2,195 8/10-10/4
Early Bird Rate
$2,345 by 8/9
Regular Rate 
$2545 8/10-10/4
Fall Core Synthesis
11/3-11/5
Phil., PA
 
Course Agenda
Hotel & Travel Information 
Early Bird Rate
$625 by 9/7
Regular Rate
$725 9/8-10/17
Late Rate
$825 10/18-10/31
Early Bird Rate
$975 by 9/7
Regular Rate 
$1,075 9/8-10/17
Late Rate
$1,175 10/18-10/31

2018 Schedule

The Online Core portion of the Core Curriculum will have three sessions offered in 2018:

  • Winter Session - - January – April
  • Spring Session - - May – July
  • Fall Session - - August – October.

Early Bird member registration fees for the Online Core are $1995 ($2345 for non-members).

Completion of the Online portion of the Core Curriculum is required before participating in the Synthesis weekend.
The Core Synthesis portion of the course is a live face to face meeting. Specific dates and locations have yet to be determined for this three-day weekend course however we are planning for them to occur:

  • Summer Synthesis - - July
  • Fall Synthesis - - November

Early Bird member registration fees for the Core Synthesis are $625 ($975 for non-members).

Once dates and locations are finalized for the 2018 Core Curriculum offerings, we will post the information here on this webpage. Course registration will open at that time.

* Participation in one session of each webinar (I and II) is a requirement for completion of the Online Core Curriculum.
**Completion of the Online Core Curriculum is a pre-requisite for attending the live Core Synthesis portion of the course.
***Live course fees include course attendance, course handouts, breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks as noted in the agenda.

More about the Core Curriculum:

Target Audience

Medical Directors who practice in any setting or combination of settings across the post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC) continuum, including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, CCRCs, hospice, and home care are encouraged to attend. Geriatric fellows in training who are considering the inclusion of medical direction in their practices will find this course a beneficial introduction to management requirements for PA/LTC.

Learning Objectives

The goal of this comprehensive course is to create a stronger sense of the leadership role of the medical director and to provide opportunities to hone skills and interact with peers. Following the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Develop practical skills needed to fulfill the role and responsibilities of the medical director.
  • Identify the unique aspects of the PA/LTC environment that impact the medical director’s job.
  • Describe the organizational responsibilities and dynamics of the medical director and the interdisciplinary team.
  • Develop communication skills to deal with responsibilities for the interdisciplinary team, residents, and their families.
  • Explain the resident care responsibilities of the medical director, including emergency care, quality management, family systems, and ethical considerations.
  • Enhance leadership skills and team building towards a stronger role for the medical director with the interdisciplinary team.
  • Develop human resource skills to deal with difficult situations and improve personal effectiveness in this area.
  • Improve the medical director’s ability to learn and practice in the evolving environment of health care delivery.
  • Apply newly acquired knowledge to daily facility and practice activities.

Topics

  1. Course Introduction
  2. Overview of Long-Term Care
  3. Regulatory Environment
  4. Medical Information Management
  5. Employee Health & Safety
  6. Infection Control
  7. Residents’ Rights
  8. Financial Issues
  9. Essential Health Information Tools
  10. Governance
  11. Committees
  12. Influencing Employee Behaviors
  13. Introduction to Medical Care Delivery Systems
  14. Transitions in Care
  15. Quality Management
  16. Medical Director’s Contract
  17. Health Care Ethics Lecture
  18. Integration of Problem Solving and Systems Theory
  19. Risk Management
  20. Working with Families
  21. Hospice/ACOs/PACE
  22. Medical Staff Oversight
  23. Leadership in the Organization

Faculty

Verna Sellers, MD, MPH, CMD (Course Chair)
Alva Baker, III, MD, CMD
Roger Bermingham, MD, CMD
J. Kenneth Brubaker, MD, CMD
Jeffrey Burl, MD, CMD
Bruce Dentler, MD, CMD
Pamela Fenstemacher, MD, CMD
Rebecca Ferrini, MD, MPH, CMD
Leonard Gelman, MD, CMD
Robert Kaplan, MD, CMD
Cynthia Kuttner, MD, CMD
Thomas Lawrence, MD, CMD
Donald Mack, MD, CMD
Dheeraj Mahajan, MD, CMD
Meenakshi Patel, MD, MMM, CMD
Frederick Rowland, MD, PhD, CMD
Todd Sobol, MD, CMD
Peter Winn, MD, CMD
Glen Xiong, MD, CMD

Credit Information

Physician CME

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for physicians.

AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine designates this activity for a maximum of 46.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Breakdown of Credit Hours

Online Core Curriculum: 29.5 hours
Core Synthesis: 17.25 hours

CMD Credit

This live activity has been pre-approved by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) for a total of 46.75 management hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director (CMD) in post-acute and long-term care medicine. The CMD program is administered by the ABPLM. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit actually spent on the activity.

ABPLM CMD Program

The Core Curriculum on Medical Direction in Long-Term Care, or its equivalent on long-term care management, is required for all Certified Medical Director (CMD) candidates. This course is the foundation for certification as an APBLM CMD. Taking the course does not make you a CMD. There are other requirements to complete. For more information, follow this link or contact the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) at 410-992-3117.

AAFP

This Live activity, Core Curriculum Live Synthesis, from 07/28/2017 - 11/05/2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 16.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AGS

This CME activity has been endorsed by the American Geriatrics Society. Credits earned from this activity may be counted toward the AGS Geriatrics Recognition Award.

Disclosures

The following AMDA Education Committee members have financial relationships to report: Eric G. Tangalos, MD, CMD – Lilly, Pfizer: Consultant; Omnicare: P&T Committee Chair; all others have no relationships to disclose.

The following Core faculty and planning committee members have financial relationships to report: Meenakshi Patel, MD, CMD – Research Grants: Accera, Avanir, Avid, Astra Zeneca, Elan, Eli Lilly, Forest, GSK, Janssen, Lundbeck, Merck, Novartis, Otsuka; Speaker: Avanir, Boehringer Ingelheim, Forest, GSK. Glen L. Xiong, MD, CMD - Lippincott: Book Royalties; all others have no relationships to disclose.

AMDA staff have no financial relationships to disclose.