Lifelong Learning



This series gives healthcare professionals an opportunity to hear thought leaders in continuing medical education discuss issues related to methodology, effectiveness, funding, measurement, future technologies, and other aspects of CME that make the field so vibrant. The discussion will remind healthcare professionals how important and powerfully how they learn is related to what they learn, and motivate them to continue their lifelong learning and provide strategies for putting what they learn into practice. 


  • How Incorporating Patient Videos Can Positively Impact Medical Education


    Host: Alicia A. Sutton Guest: Ilana Hardesty, BA Guest: Julie White, BA, MS, CHCP At the 2018 Alliance for Continuing Education in Healthcare Professions meeting, host Alicia Sutton spoke with Ilana Hardesty BA, and Julie White, BA, MS, CHCP from Boston University School of Medicine CME Office on trigger videos to model effective communication strategies. Ms. White explais trigger videos as: " offiicial description from Academic Medicine. A trigger film is a short scene depicting a typical clinical situation with a patient or fellow colleague. These films trigger discussions of the issues and circumstances raised in the films. Basically, in layman's terms, a trigger video is really designed to elicit emotion, kind of get the audience primed for discussion." Tune in to see a real trigger video and learn how to effectively develop a patient-centered scenario to illustrate a communication message.​

  • How To Maximize The Impact of Educational Activities?


    Host: Alicia A. Sutton Guest: Jamie Reiter, PhD Guest: Whitney E. Faler, MPA In medical education, it is frequently asked whether an activity was successful, ie. improved outcomes. But, it rarely asks “why”. What factors contribute to the success or failure of CE activities and how can CE providers ensure they are developing and implementing activities that improve patient outcomes? Jamie Reiter, PhD* and Whitey Faler, MPA from CME Outfitters, LLC sit down with Alicia Sutton at the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions annual conference to discuss the “why” behind successful and unsuccessful educational activities and the approaches CE providers should understand in creating medical education. More specifically, the value of using predictive modeling and how best to implement this into your activities. *Jamie Reiter, PhD is now the Chief Executive Officer of MedEvaluate.

  • What the New CMS MACRA Definition Means for QI-CME


    Host: Alicia A. Sutton Guest: Andrew Rosenberg, JD, MP Guest: Thomas Sullivan Join in as Andrew Rosenberg, JD, MP, Senior Advisor of CME Coalition and Thomas Sullivan, President, and Founder of Rockpointe, discuss how CE providers will be able to offer a PI-QI improvement activity under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). They will also address the MACRA law’s physician incentives for quality care under Medicare, a breakdown of the Quality Payment Program and CE Opportunities, the newly adopted QI CME Improvement Activity, and more!

  • What's the Connection Between CE & Future Healthcare Professionals' Behavior?


    Host: Alicia A. Sutton Guest: Hilary Schmidt, PhD Guest: John Ruggiero, PhD, MPA, CHCP Guest: Gregory Salinas, PhD Guest: Nili Solomonov Annually, there are around 150,000 certified activities produced in the US annually. However, meta-analyses and research estimates that less than 20% of those educational activities drive behavior change and probably less than 5% lead to improvements in patient outcomes. With a vast array of continuing education (CE) activities available to healthcare professionals (HCPs) and the delay in data on the effectiveness and outcomes of CE activities, it's difficult for HCPs and CE stakeholders to determine the most effective education that has the greatest potential to lead to behavior change thus improving patient care. During the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Healthcare Professions annual meeting host Alicia Sutton speaks with guests Hilary Schmidt, PhD, John Ruggiero, PhD, MPA, CHCP, Gregory Salinas, PhD, and Nili Solomonov in a two-part interview cover

  • Mitigating the Opioid Epidemic in Pregnant Women and Newborn Infants on a Shoestring Budget


    Host: Alicia A. Sutton Guest: Camille M. Fung, MD Host Alicia Sutton is joined by Dr. Camille Fung to discuss two areas of public health in Utah that were not addressed by the Utah legislature: opioid addiction and overdose in pregnant women and newborn infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Dr. Fung is an assistant professor at the University of Utah, Division of Neonatology. Tune in to see how Dr. Fung with her colleagues created enduring material to educate healthcare professionals on the unaddressed public health problem of opioid management without any financial resources.

  • Avoiding Gaps in Healthcare Education with Latest Instructional Designs


    Host: Alicia A. Sutton Guest: Rob Lowney In this episode of Lifelong Learning, Alicia Sutton welcomes Rob Lowney, Principal and Managing Director of CMEology. Rob showcases how CMEology's innovative methods improve engagement in CME which ultimately leads to improved patient care. In addition to improving engagement, Rob also shares how to add value across all stakeholders in CME, such as utilizing the arts and humanizing the education, quantifying the value of CME, research conveying improved patient health & changing performance, and multimedia education.

  • How to Achieve Patient Satisfaction Through Culturally Aware Communication


    Host: Alicia A. Sutton Guest: Miriam Uhlmann, PhD Guest: Samar Aboulsoud, MD, PhD, MSc Med Ed, FHEA, MAcadMEd Due to research and studies, health care teams are improving and understanding cultural sensitivity issues and cultural competence. However, we still have much to learn. At the Alliance for Continuing Education in Healthcare Professions 2018 annual meeting, host Alicia Sutton interviewed Samar Aboulsoud, MD and Miriam Uhlmann, PhD about their presentation "A Means to an End: Achieving Patient Satisfaction Through Culturally Sensitive Communication". In this discussion, Drs. Aboulsoud and Uhlmann discuss their personal and professional experience with educating health care teams to deepen the medical knowledge and clinical skills of those who provide holistic approaches for patient care. Furthermore, it will challenge clinician’s understanding of what affects their interactions and understandings that can impact patient care, compliance, and outcomes.

  • From Stage-4 Cancer Patient to Healthcare Activist: One Survivor’s Story


    Host: Alicia A. Sutton Guest: Dave deBronkart From the annual meeting of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Healthcare Professions in Orlando, Florida, keynote speaker Dave deBronkart joins host Alicia Sutton to discuss the evolving roles in the patient and doctor relationship. Better known as ‘e-Patient Dave’, deBronkart emphasizes key points in the shift from the patient as a passive recipient of care to one where the patient is an active contributor to his or her own care. deBronkart discusses healthy patient:doctor communication and ways clinicians can employ effective techniques. As a co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine and stage 4 kidney cancer survivor, deBronkart speaks globally on how patients should be partners in their care, rather than passive recipients, and how collaboration makes healthcare better for everyone.

  • How to Apply Social Networks in Social Learning for Healthcare Teams


    Host: Alicia A. Sutton Guest: Alvaro Margolis, MD, MS Guest: Jann Balmer, PhD, RN, FACEHP, FAAN From the annual meeting of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Healthcare Professions in Orlando, Florida, join in as Alvaro Margolis, MD, MS, President and CEO of EviMed, and his colleague Jann Balmer, PhD, RN, FACEHP, FAAN, Director of CME at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, discuss how Facebook and other social network concepts and approaches can be used to promote social learning in health care teams, both for online and for combined online and face-to-face learning.

  • Applying Constructivism Theory to Medical Education


    Host: Alicia Sutton Guest: Annette Mallory Donawa, PhD Constructivism is the theory that people in a learning environment will merge their prior foundational knowledge and experience with new details they are learning, helping them construct new understandings for themselves. Joining host Alicia Sutton is Dr. Annette Mallory Donawa, Assistant Dean and Director of Continuing Medical Education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Donawa will discuss the learning theory of constructivism and its current to future impacts on continuing medical education.

  • Let's Work Together: Transforming Medical Practices


    Host: Alicia Sutton How do you make sure that the right people are doing the right jobs at the right time, helping medical practices function more efficiently? Alicia Sutton chats with Ray Saputelli, Executive Vice President and CEO of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, about transforming medical practices to run as more cohesive units.

  • Data Analytics in CME: Bringing Quality Improvement to the Next Level


    Host: Alicia A. Sutton Lauren Patrick, President of Healthmonix, joins host Alicia Sutton on the floors of the ACEhp annual meeting to discuss customized, collaborative models in quality improvement, and how new perspectives on data analytics are changing assessments of clinical performance improvement.

  • Improving Patient Engagement in a Complex Healthcare System


    Host: Alicia A. Sutton In today's health care environment, the basic, fundamental drive to get and stay healthy can become overwhelming for patients. This issue makes patient engagement, both within and outside practice settings, one of the most important goals among clinicians for enhancing patient care. Joining host Alicia Sutton on the floors of the ACEhp annual meeting to discuss strategic advances in patient engagement is Mazi Rasulnia, President and Co-Founder of Pack Health. Prior to co- founding Pack Health, Mazi was the president of CE Outcomes LLC, which provided assessment outcomes and program evaluations. He has a PhD in Health Services Research, MBA and MPH in Health Care organization and Policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

  • Learning Without Borders: Effective Medical Education Design in the Mobile Age


    Host: Alicia A. Sutton From the floors of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions' annual meeting in Washington DC, host Alicia Sutton welcomes Michael Baffuto, President of Integrity CE. The two discuss new and emerging design platforms for medical education, leveraging mobile technologies to increase engagement, learning, and positive clinical change.

  • Are Interactive Education Models the Key to a New Era in CME?


    Host: Alicia A. Sutton Pre and Post tests have long been the standards in continuing medical education. However, with the use of today's technologies, typical didactic learning sessions have evolved into novel real-time experiences for both learners and the educational providers. Host Alicia Sutton welcomes Ryan Mazon, Vice President of Business Development at Educational Measures, to discuss the rise in interactive education in medicine.

  • Shared Decision Making in Clinical Care: Impacts on Both Patients & Providers


    Host: Alicia A. Sutton Shared decision making (SDM) is a synergistic process that allows patients and their providers to make health care decisions together and take into account the best scientific evidence available, as well as the patient’s values, goals, and preferences. It's important to invite all patients into the process even if they decline. This process increases patient satisfaction, adherence and compliance. Join host Alicia Sutton to discuss shared decision making with guest Isabelle Vacher, former nurse and Senior Vice President of Educational Strategy at AXIS Medical Education, Inc.

  • New Trends and Strategies with 'On Demand' Medical Education


    Host: Alicia A. Sutton Guest: Linda Gracie-King, MS From conferences to interactive on demand education, the field of continuing medical education (CME) is constantly evolving. Traditionally the preferred form of CME is live and in person, but as time goes on CME providers continue to improve their on demand CME services. Join host, Alicia Sutton, and guest, Linda Gracie-King, MS, Managing Partner at AXIS Medical Education, on the floor of the Alliance for Continuing Education in Health Professions annual industry summit meeting in Philadelphia, PA. They discuss the future of on demand continuing medical education, with special emphasis on the oncology field.

  • How to Build a Quality Improvement Education (QIE) Roadmap for Practice Success


    Guest: Joseph "Joe" Kim, MD, MPH Host: Alicia A. Sutton Quality Improvement Education, or QIE, is being leveraged for reducing errors and improving practice efficiencies across hospitals and private clinics alike. But how is QIE implemented, and what measures signify its success in medical education? Joining host Alicia Sutton to discuss this important subject at the Alliance for Education in the Health Professions annual meeting is Dr. Joe Kim, physician technologist and President of MCM Education.

  • The Flipped Classroom: Leveraging Student Knowledge in Medical Education


    Guest: Brian S. McGowan, PhD Host: Alicia A. Sutton "Learning about the Learners" is a core precept underlying the Flipped Classroom, a blended learning model that helps increase continuity of learning experiences between faculty and students. Joining host Alicia Sutton to describe this model and its applications in healthcare education is Brian McGowan, Chief Learning Officer for ArcheMedx.

  • Team-Based Care Models: Treating Patients at the Right Time and Cost


    Host: Alicia A. Sutton Guest: Ray Saputelli Healthcare costs in the U.S. are among the highest in the world, yet health outcomes remain in the bottom tiers compared to other developed countries. How might the care delivery model be changed to affect change in this regard, and who is leading the way? Joining host Alicia Sutton to examine one state's efforts to replace volume of care with value in care, driving down costs while improving outcomes, is Ray Saputelli, Executive Vice President of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians.

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