Continuing Education Now Fully Integrated with APSA Digital Resources
Charlottesville, VA, and OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL USA, June 12, 2018— Unbound Medicine, a leader in knowledge management solutions for healthcare, and the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), the nation’s largest professional organization serving the pediatric surgical specialty, today launched a trailblazing Continuing Medical Education (CME) platform for pediatric surgeons. Dubbed ExPERT — the Exam-based Pediatric surgery Educational Reference Tool — this resource allows surgeons to both stay up to date and obtain Continuous Certification credits anytime, anywhere on their device of choice.
Traditionally, surgeons met continuing education requirements by attending conferences and lectures. Studies have shown, however, that improved learning occurs when it is more active, episodic and related to clinical scenarios faced in daily practice. With this in mind, ExPERT was developed as a daily knowledge companion — providing continuing education opportunities at the same time as answering daily clinical questions.
A visionary team of APSA leaders working with experts from Unbound Medicine developed this new approach to surgical knowledge management. APSA member surgeons now author evidence-based, media-rich assessment content in uPub™ — Unbound’s online authoring and content management system. After online editing and digital approval by an APSA Continuing Education Committee, the content is dynamically integrated with other content and published in the APSA Pediatric Surgery Library.
“APSA leadership and member surgeons yearned for ways that continuing education could become more integrated into daily clinical practice,” said David Powell, MD, Co-Editor, and Clinical Professor of Surgery at Stanford University. “Leveraging APSA member expertise, adult learning theory, and the CME module of the Unbound platform we developed the resource our members wanted on their device of choice.”
Notes APSA President Ronald B. Hirschl, MD, “We are proud that our partnership with Unbound Medicine has allowed APSA to create resources that are unique in our field and have exceeded our expectations.”
Updated regularly, ExPERT questions and assessments are augmented by surgical images, videos, and the underlying journal literature. ExPERT can be purchased separately or part of a suite in the APSA Pediatric Surgery Library. Annual meeting attendance CME is also managed within the same platform.
“The vision we share with APSA is to help trainees and practitioners fulfill their continuing education and certification requirements while answering daily clinical questions,” says Bill Detmer, MD, president of Unbound Medicine. “We are excited to power the knowledge needs of APSA surgeons who do a remarkable job as educators and providers of advanced surgical care for infants and children.”
About Unbound Medicine
Unbound Medicine builds digital products that answer clinical questions at the point of need. With expertise in medical informatics, health technology, and medical publishing, our team has delivered innovative mobile and web solutions to health care institutions and individual clinicians for nearly 20 years. Additional information is available at https://www.unboundmedicine.com.
About the American Pediatric Surgical Association
The American Pediatric Surgical Association is the nation’s largest professional organization dedicated to the pediatric surgical specialty. Since 1970 APSA has been dedicated to the development of the field of pediatric surgery to ensure the best care for the patients and families their membership serves. As an organization and in tandem with other groups, APSA sets guidelines and statements for standards of care for infants and children and for influencing public policy around the surgical care of children. Additional information is available at www.eapsa.org.
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