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5 Keys to Hosting Successful CME Courses

What goes into making successful CME courses? How do you know if your CME program is achieving success? EthosCE is committed to being the most supportive and effective tech partner for continuing medical education. We put together a few “must haves” for hosting successful continuing medical education courses.

Key #1: A reliable, consistent, intuitive CME platform

If learners log into their CME course and attempt to complete an assignment but the course isn’t available, frustration is bound to occur. Reliability and consistency are two of the most important factors of a successful platform for CME course provision and management.

Having a smooth, well-designed interface is equally crucial. According to studies conducted by the Pew Research Center, learners will often abandon online courses if they need to learn how to use a non-intuitive, cumbersome learning management system in addition to covering course content. Menus, course sequences, and assessment tools should all be easy to use. EthosCE has been designed to meet the needs of adult CME learners and CME educators and administrators.

EthosCE offers a consistent, reliable, and intuitive platform for CME courses. Its cloud-based capabilities mean that courses will be available on demand and learners won’t experience undesirable interruptions in their course experience.

Key #2: Automated administration

Automating repetitive tasks, like course completion certificates, enrollment, and course reminders, will free your administrative staff to devote time to helping learners and instructors. They can also increase learner satisfaction and drive repeated enrollments.

Having a strong CME program is always recommended, but in today’s age of social distancing and ever-changing CME requirements, being able to rely on robust reporting systems for CME credits is essential for success. EthosCE supports over fifty different credit types and provides simple JA-PARS reporting. In addition, instead of manual reports, the system sends activities to CPE Monitor automatically.

If you want to use promotions, coupons, or discounts, EthosCE makes these tasks simple and easy. You can market single courses one at a time or create course bundles with several related courses. You can also automate subscriptions to your CME course content and create pre- and post-course promotions.

Finally, EthosCE has easy integrations with customer relationship management platforms, along with other enterprise management systems and programs. You can integrate and automate your messaging through integrations with WebEx, MailChimp, Cvent, and similar communication programs.

Key #3: Multimedia content support

EthosCE supports multimedia content, a top recommendation of the ACCME to increase learner engagement and introduce innovation into your CME courses. Course creators can use videos from YouTube or upload their video content directly into their course.

EthosCE is easy to use with Adobe Presenter, Articulate, and Captivate. It will also accommodate audio content and can support live courses as well. With integrations with live video-conferencing software, including GoToMeeting and Zoom, EthosCE also supports live learning as part of course content.

Assessments can also be delivered using multimedia such as video questions and assessment modes, including multiple-choice, true-false, and essay answers.

Key #4: Integration of in-person and online learning

Many of our CME programs are moving entirely online to accommodate social distancing and promote safety, but integrating in-person and online learning will continue to be part of medical education into the future as well. You can assess learning outcomes and set goals for your program’s growth more effectively if you can integrate in-person seminars and courses along with online education.

Thanks to EthosCE’s strong reporting capabilities and integrations with CVent and similar in-person event management programs, you can blend in-person and virtual/online learning in your courses.

Blending learning modes is one of the strategies highlighted by ACCME “best practices” examples. These programs combine in-person seminars and hands-on demonstrations with online learning, collaboration, and tests. EthosCE supports all these methods that together, can help your CME program demonstrate measurable outcomes in practitioner abilities and knowledge. Certain “best practices” programs that integrate in-person and hands-on learning with online program support can show measurable positive patient outcomes, often considered difficult or impossible to demonstrate in more traditional CME course environments.

Key #5: Integration with virtual platforms for virtual CME courses

As more of our lives become virtual, your program can offer continuing medical education in a virtual space, thanks to EthosCE’s seamless and simple integrations with GoToMeeting and Zoom. It’s likely that even if travel and social-distancing restrictions relax post-COVID-19, virtual conferences and CME will continue to develop and strong webcasting capabilities will be a must.

Even if you had fully-integrated in-person CME and virtual CME options for your program before the COVID-19 pandemic, there is always room for innovation in providing education using virtual tools. EthosCE has always had strong integrations with virtual platforms. You can also engage learners using tools like Kahoot and PollEverywhere.

If you’ve had to cancel live events and courses due to social-distancing and safety needs, EthosCE has the authoring tools that will make it possible for you to move these events into a virtual environment. With robust reporting features to help you obtain meaningful measurements of learner engagement and course outcomes, you will have the support you need to deliver content to your CME learners.

To learn how EthosCE can enhance the continuing education of your medical professionals, request a free 1-on-1 demo with one of our specialists today!

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