Core Changes to Meet Your Needs

The Core Curriculum on Medical Direction has always received rave reviews from participants, but that never stopped Society staff and Core faculty from constantly seeking ways to improve, update, and enhance it. Most recently, they have moved more of the program online – now more than 90% of it – to make it more convenient and affordable to complete.

“The positive response to making Part I available online was overwhelmingly positive, and we were pleased to see that we could give participants the flexibility they want while retaining the personalized, interactive nature of the program,” says past program chair Jeffrey Burl, MD, CMD. The online program includes didactic presentations, as well as breakout case studies with opportunities to ask questions and provide input. There still is a live component, but it is limited to a long weekend, as opposed to a full week away from home and office. “The online breakouts enable participants to submit questions. So far, we’ve found that participants really enjoy this format, and they are eager to submit their inquiries and participate in these sessions,” says Dr. Burl. They still like the opportunity to be part of a live program, he says, but they come to this event with a stronger background of knowledge; and the shorter event means less travel time and expense.

“This evolution was inevitable, but we made sure that it was done thoughtfully, practically, and constructively,” says Dr. Burl. “Our younger physicians are more structured in terms of work and personal life, and they are attracted to programs that they can pursue online at their leisure. We need to be able to offer such initiatives if we are to attract young practitioners to post-acute and long-term care medicine.”

Of course, the faculty keeps their fingers on the pulse of what is new in the field and important to all participants. For example, says Dr. Burl, “We have physicians who have been practicing for 20 years. We consider this in the breakout sessions and tailor the conversations accordingly.” Additionally, he says, “We annually review what has been happening and adjust the breakouts to recognize these changes and modify the course to address these in the real world. For example, early on we developed programs on QAPI and we have updated these to address what practitioners need to know in the new world of value-based medicine and accountable care.”

Dr. Burl has been involved with the Society and the Core Curriculum for years, but his enthusiasm has never waned. “I always learn things from the attendees, and I enjoy hearing people share their experiences and ideas. It’s enlightening, inspiring, and fun every time.” His passion for his work comes through in his presentations. “Long-term care has been a real joy to me. I’ve always found this work to be professionally and personally satisfying. I enjoy sharing my experiences with my colleagues. I hope that my passion and insights will help others the ways I have been inspired by my Society colleagues over the years,” he observes.

The 2017 program offers multiple chances to take both the online and synthesis portions. Each session offers early bird discounts when you register by a certain date. Click here for more information or the register.