Calling all physicians who work in urgent care settings!
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The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) has partnered with the Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL) to develop and implement a continuing medical education (CME) eNewsletter on pre-hospital bacterial infections and strategies to avoid subsequent hospital admission.

One faculty chair is needed to provide clinical commentary recordings to accompany the eNewsletter – qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by Wednesday, April 13. The selected faculty chair will receive an honorarium of $3,000 as compensation for his/her professional contribution. Audio recordings may be completed at the faculty chair’s convenience and will not require travel to complete.

The eNewsletter is intended to educate urgent care clinical professionals, primary care providers, and nurses involved in the treatment of patients with acute bacterial infections. The activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck and will be certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for physicians and California Board of Nursing (CBRN) contact hours for nurses.

The activity format will be a text-based eNewsletter featuring clinical commentaries. Key points of discussion will include improving clinical decision-making in the treatment of multi-drug resistant infections, strategies to optimize initial antimicrobial therapy, and presentations of comparative data on current and emerging therapies to develop strategies for optimal outpatient care.

The learning objectives for participants are as follows:

  • Discuss the role of clinicians in primary and urgent care settings in the diagnosis and treatment of acute bacterial infections in order to prevent hospitalization 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms underlying antibiotic effectives and duration of therapy
  • Describe strategies to optimize initial antimicrobial therapy to ensure effectiveness of antibiotics and reduce the development of resistance
  • Summarize the features and critical differences amongst available and emerging antibiotics in the treatment of acute and bacterial infections

Participation in the activity as a faculty chair entails the following responsibilities:

  • Completion of CME paperwork
  • Participation in a program kick-off phone call (30 minutes)
  • Feedback provision on content development/review (1 hour)
  • Feedback provision on finalized content (30 minutes)
  • Clinical commentary audio recording (up to 1 hour)

To apply, interested parties should submit their CV to Alicia Graf, Senior Program Coordinator, at agraf@achlcme.org. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 13, 2016, with the chosen candidate to be notified shortly thereafter.

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