430. Effectiveness of Online Case-Based Learning for Infectious Diseases Physicians
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Innovations in Medical Education
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Room: Poster Hall
Background:  The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the IDSA Education Committee offer online, case-based, Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) courses for infectious diseases physicians (IDPs). The objectives of these materials are to update knowledge and to address practice gaps for selected topics in ID.

Methods:  The Lyme Disease Case Study Course, launched in 2009, is comprised of six case scenarios focusing on aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.  Developed in partnership with the CDC, it is available for CME credit and is based on the IDSA guideline:" The Clinical Assessment, Treatment and Prevention of Lyme Disease, Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis”. Eight American Board of Internal Medicine MOC self-assessment of medical knowledge modules, first developed by the IDSA in 2010, are comprised of 25-33 questions, each based on case-based scenarios, and address a variety of ID topics including. HIV, hepatitis C, infections in the immocompromised host, general infectious diseases and  vaccines. Modules allow the learner to earn both CME and ABIM MOC credit. Course and module acceptance, impact, and effectiveness were evaluated by post-activity learner evaluations.

Results:  Selected evaluation results are shown (Table). For the Lyme Disease Case Study Course, Of 172 IDPs who completed a 3 month follow-up survey 77% actually implemented practice changes.

Course/Module Title

N

Proportion Who Agreed or Highly Agreed

 

 

Relevant to practice

Improved expertise in diagnosis, treatment and management

Planned practice changes

Lyme Disease Case Study Course

1276

68%

90%

78%

General ID MOC Module 2010

96

98%

98%

56%

HIV MOC Module 2010

141

96%

92%

61%

General ID MOC Module 2011

141

98%

100%

62%

HIV MOC Module 2011

134

97%

93%

58%

Vaccines MOC Module 2012

82

97%

98%

72%

Infections in the Non-HIV Immunocompromised Host MOC Module (2012)

84

100%

100%

70%

HIV Medicine in Clinical Practice MOC Module (2013)

58

100%

100%

84%

Hepatitis C MOC Module (2013)

36

100%

100%

82%

Conclusion:  Case-based online CME courses are effective tools for addressing practice gaps, improving knowledge and competency, and impacting physician’s practices.

Christopher Ohl, MD, FIDSA, Department of Internal Medicine, Section on Infectious Diseases, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, Rachel Shnekendorf, MPH, IDSA, Arlington, VA and Thomas Fekete, MD, FIDSA, Division of Infectious Diseases, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Disclosures:

C. Ohl, None

R. Shnekendorf, None

T. Fekete, None

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