As demands on educators rise, it is understandable that teaching technologies are increasingly utilized.  These technologies, such as learning management systems, offer program administrators  an organized space to manage online courses and/or exams.  Additionally, these technologies organize and store student data which can provide key insights regarding the efficacy of continuing medical education (CME) programs and curricula (Bentley, 2017).  Learning management systems can be utilized for solely online educational programs, or can be utilized as a supplement to in-person classes.

Learning an LMS may seem like a daunting task for some—though it does not have to be!  Most LMS companies—such as CertCentral—will provide free demos of their software so educators can master their own LMS operations.  Once mastered, a CME software which allows one to create online trainings can provide key benefits to the continuing medical education sector.

Keep Resources Relevant

  • In the medical field, new standards for best practices are ever-changing.  As new treatments or protocols are backed by mounting empirical support, it is imperative that nurses, doctors, physicians assistants, and other helping professionals are trained to be compliant with new methods.
  • With a learning management system, create comprehensive CME training courses that integrate instructional videos on new procedures, infographics, images, audio, and other forms of rich multimedia content.
  • Updating multimedia resources takes minutes and can be achieved at a fraction of the cost of updating hard copy educational materials (MATTEGBY, 2017).

Automate Certificate Generation

  • An LMS provides students and helping professionals with comprehensive online trainings that—when passed—can then automatically generate and deliver customized completion certificates proving competence in a new subject area.
  • Additionally, an LMS provides an easy means by which to send reminders to medical students or working professionals about certification programs that require renewal.
  • One certification course vital for prescribers might highlight changed opioid prescription policies and protocols.

Provide a Flexible Learning Environment

  • According to the National Center for Education Statistics (2016), 22% of graduate-level students are pursuing online degrees exclusively.  This is double the number of students that pursue online undergraduate degrees exclusively.  Why? One reason may be that those in post-bachelor programs are also working full-time and require a flexible learning environment.  This certainly is the case for working medical professionals.
  • With an LMS, training courses and exams are accessible anytime and anywhere.  This enables students or employees in the medical field to procure certifications at their convenience, outside of the office.
  • Cross-device compatibility of learning management systems further increases learner accessibility, allowing course completion on portable devices: smartphone, tablet, or laptops.

In sum, a learning management system has a lot to offer the continuing medical education sector.  Not only would online CME certification programs reach a larger audience of learners, but it would also cut costs substantially on training administrators.  If you are looking to move your continuing medical education program to an online format quickly and efficiently, a learning management system is the perfect choice for you.

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