“The Core Curriculum gave me the real-world, nitty-gritty details and skill sets I need to fill the role of exemplary medical director. I wouldn’t be nearly as effective without the tools I got from the Core. [The talented program faculty] helped me understand the lingo, vocabulary, and language of long-term care, what to think and do during a survey, and ways to work more efficiently within the framework of rules and regulations. They painted a clear picture of the world in which you are going to live.”
-- Mark E. Williams, MD, CMD, who credits the Core with helping him to take his facility — the Cypress Pointe Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington, N.C. — from a 1-star to a 5-star rating.
Critical topics include:
|Regulatory Issues||Residents’ Rights||Quality Management||Infection Control|
|Risk Management||Ethics||Staff Oversight||See More|
The Core Curriculum is divided into two parts:
Online Core Curriculum: Recorded presentations and two 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.
Core Synthesis: A weekend program comprised of dynamic lectures, interactive role plays, case-based discussion, and small group breakouts. There’s also plenty of time for networking. It is offered twice a year, typically during the summer (July) and fall (November).
Please note that completion of the Online Core Curriculum is a prerequisite for attending the Core Synthesis weekend.
The Core Curriculum (Online and Synthesis) or its equivalent PALTC management educational program is required for all Certified Medical Director (CMD) candidates. Learn more here about the certification process.
Those who 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Medical Directors who practice in any setting or combination of settings across the post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) 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 PALTC.
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 PALTC 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.
- Course Introduction
- Overview of Long-Term Care
- Regulatory Environment
- Medical Information Management
- Employee Health & Safety
- Infection Control
- Residents’ Rights
- Financial Issues
- Essential Health Information Tools
- Influencing Employee Behaviors
- Introduction to Medical Care Delivery Systems
- Transitions in Care
- Quality Management
- Medical Director’s Contract
- Health Care Ethics Lecture
- Integration of Problem Solving and Systems Theory
- Risk Management
- Working with Families
- Medical Staff Oversight
- Leadership in the Organization
Verna Sellers, MD, MPH, CMD (Course Chair)
Thomas Lawrence, MD, CMD (Vice Chair)
Roger Bermingham, MD, CMD
Jeffrey Burl, MD, CMD
Pamela Fenstemacher, MD, CMD
Rebecca Ferrini, MD, MPH, CMD
Leonard Gelman, MD, CMD
Cynthia Kuttner, MD, CMD
Donald Mack, MD, CMD
Dheeraj Mahajan, MD, CMD
Meenakshi Patel, MD, MMM, CMD
Luz Ramos-Bonner, MD, MBA, CMD
Wayne Saltsman, MD, PhD, CMD
Toby Smith, DO, CMD
Todd Sobol, MD, CMD
Richard Stefanacci, DO, MBA, CMD
Peter Winn, MD, CMD
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
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.
Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
Successful completion of this CME activity (Online Core), which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 29.5 MOC points and medical knowledge MOC credit in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.
Successful completion of this CME activity (Core Synthesis), which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 17.25 MOC points and medical knowledge MOC credit in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.
Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
This Live activity, Core Curriculum on Medical Direction in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Synthesis Course, from 07/19/2019 - 11/17/2019, 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.
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.
The following AMDA Education Committee members have financial relationships to report: John Loome – Genesis HealthCare: Full Time Employee; Diane Sanders-Cepeda, DO, CMD – UHG-Optum: Full Time Employee; all others have no financial relationships to disclose.
The following Core faculty and planning committee members have financial relationships to report: Dheeraj Mahajan, MD, CMD - Speaker Bureau: Sanofi US; 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; Todd Sobol, MD, CMD – Full-Time/Part-Time Employee: Optum Medical Director; all others have no relationships to disclose.
AMDA staff have no financial relationships to disclose.