AMIA 2017 Learning Objectives (LO)

Each submission at the AMIA 2017 Annual Symposium, regardless of the type, will require at least one learning objective as part of the ScholarOne submission. You may add additional learning objectives if you believe they are appropriate.

AMIA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education to physicians. As an accredited provider, AMIA must design our activities to inspire change in physicians. That change may be a difference in knowledge/competence, performance, or in patient outcomes. Educational design in this environment includes creating “outcomes-based learning objectives.” Creators of content should ask themselves, “What do I want the learner to be able to do, or to do better, after participating in my session?”

To write a good learning objective, define the desired outcome of your presentation. Perform a needs assessment: what knowledge gap is your presentation going to fill? Then write the LO to address the gap you just identified.

Examples of well-written learning objectives:

After participating in this session, the learner should be better able to:

  • Reduce clinical “alarm fatigue” in the general medical-surgical unit by determining variables that may safely reduce noncritical telemetry and monitor alarms
  • Formulate an approach to adoption of health information technology for the small physician group practice [From the AMA]
  • Evaluate healthcare information systems, involving: how to collect/store confidential medical records, describe complex relationships between database fields, and query databases to produce the desired information [From the AMA]

Examples of poorly-written learning objectives:

After participating in this session, the learner should be better able to:

  • Define the healthcare protocol for the treatment and prevention of Stage III and IV pressure ulcers and apply to your own practice [Too many verbs; can break it into: 1) Define the healthcare protocol for the treatment of Stage III and IV pressure ulcers; 2) Define the healthcare protocol for the prevention of Stage III and IV pressure ulcers; and 3) Apply this knowledge to their own practice. From the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care]
  • Explain and discuss current initiatives and effective modalities to prevent incidence of complications such as infection or wrong-sided block. [This is a teaching objective. A learning objective on the same topic would be: “Prevent incidence of complications such as infection or wrong-sided block using current initiatives and effective modalities.” [From Winthrop University Hospital]
  • Become familiar with common eye problems. [The outcome is not measurable, there is no action the learner can take, and there is no context regarding the patient’s condition. Better LO: Screen for eye conditions commonly associated with type 2 diabetes. [From the AAFP]

Additional resource: Guide to Writing Objectives for Continuing Medical Education, from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine: http://casemed.case.edu/cme/documents/learn_obj_jh09-12-05.pdf