AMIA 2018 Learning Objectives (LO)

Each submission at the AMIA 2018 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. AMIA also provides Nursing Continuing Education (CE) credits. As an accredited provider, AMIA must design our activities to inspire change. That change may be a difference in knowledge/competence, performance, or inpatient 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:

  • Understand the current issues in drug-allergy alerting systems, including high alert rate and low alert sensitivity, and be able to discuss and recommend several approaches to reducing drug-allergy alert burden in the electronic health records systems.
  • Learn challenges and possible solutions in creating and maintaining data elements for electronic health record systems across different clinical settings.
  • Learn the quality of clinical documents generated by speech recognition technology and understand errors in dictated clinical documents at different processing stages and their potential impact in patient care.
  • Formulate an approach to adoption of health information technology for the small physician group practice [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


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