The new EBAC® rules for e-learning to come in 2024
Dear EBAC clients,
EBAC® is going to implement its new rules for e-learning in 1/2024. Since this goes along with changes in the submission process in the EBAC® Management System, you are kindly invited to join one of the virtual introductory meetings offered below to explain the new rules and their practical consequences and discuss your questions:
This has been the implicit question behind the symposium on “Future of e-learning in CME/CPD”, held virtually on Jan 27, 2023.
The pandemic has boosted online education and provided us with evidence for phenomena we principally knew already before, but had not been able to assess their magnitude. This includes (among others) higher pace of spread of information, selective use of educational offers, satisfaction of learners’ immediate needs, increase in outreach, improvement of work-life-balance etc.
Since the pandemic has ceased to impact on our daily lives, questions about the future of online education still remain:
What role will online or hybrid education play for different health professionals in the long-term future?
Can facilitated access to online education establish a new level of efficiency in continuing education?
Will economic frameworks for online education ensure to maintain the levels of outreach achieved during the pandemic?
How can administrative procedures align with the new complexities of educational programs?
What should be in the focus of accrediting bodies (beyond independence)?
Our virtual symposium has discussed many of these questions and you are kindly invited to view the recordings of all presentations (available through http://e-cs-f.org/en/symposium-future-of-e-learning-in-cpd-27-01-2023/) as well as the official report, authored by Ron Murray and published in the Journal of CME (JCME): Ron Murray (2023) Report on the Peter Mills Honorary Symposium, Future of E-Learning in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Presented Online in January 2023 by the European Cardiology Section Foundation (ECSF®), Journal of CME, 12:1, DOI: 10.1080/28338073.2023.2205259
EBAC is currently in the process to revise its rules for accreditation of e-learning, and I would like to kindly invite you to provide us with your perspective on the future of e-learning and what you consider to be the most pressing issues in e-learning EBAC should deal with as an accrediting body. Please feel free to contact EBAC through firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking back on a year shaken not only by the ongoing pandemic, but also by a crisis brought about by the Russian-Ukrainian war. Globalisation does not only facilitate the spread of infectious diseases, but also forms a basis for deadly domino effects in case of events as the Russian war against Ukraine, with countries in the global South now suffering from severe famine. This is a strong reminder for us as medical profession that community health may only be achieved, when we also consider the social and political dimension of medicine, including medical education.
EBAC® accredits activities with global attendance, and activities in different parts of the world outside Europe. As an accrediting body we have strengthened our contribution to this complex process by incorporating in the EBAC® basic documents that educational “content should always contain a community health perspective” (http://www.ebac-cme.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Roles-and-Responsibilities-of-Providers-f-2022.pdf), to support providers and faculty to meet the needs of participants, often having a diverse health-care systems’ background.
In 2022 the provider community has still been struggling to find the new normal between live in-person meetings and online education. EBAC® would like to actively contribute to this discussion with its fully virtual symposium on
Please mark your calendars, we will provide you with the final program and further connection details in due time! This conference aims to discuss the many pros and cons around e-learning and find an integrative approach serving as many relevant aspects as possible.
On behalf of EBAC staff and reviewers I would like to extend our warm thanks to all of you for your continuing cooperation and support in 2022! Please stay safe!
With best wishes for a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year Yours sincerely
International Academy for CPD Accreditation (IACPDA) Standards for Substantive Equivalency between CME/CPD Accreditation Systems and their application in a pilot recognition procedure. After adoption of the IACPDA Standards in CCC20 the subsequent CCC has finalized the details of the recognition procedure, to be tested in a pilot, on which applicants as well as reviewers are going to report.
Learning during and in the post-pandemic era The covid-19 pandemic has forced a change to electronic media to keep CPD up and running. While covid restrictions are becoming less tight CCC22 will discuss what might be the “new normal” and how accreditation bodies might adapt their procedures to new formats. European contributions will come from BioMed Alliance and Fabiola de Andrade (formerly with EBAH)
Team-based learning While already being a popular learning format in the US and Canada team-based learning is still in its early days in Europe. This session will include a report on C_19 SPACE, an interprofessional program developed and rolled out by the European Society for Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), addressing physicians and nurses with the aim to increase intensive care workforce. This program has initially been funded by the EU, accredited by EBAC, and has now been adopted by WHO to be rolled out globally.