If outcomes are the “cowbell” of CME, then the upcoming Alliance Annual Meeting is, well…going to have a lot of cowbell. Sorry, I ran out of steam with this intro.
So…more quickly to the matter at hand: the Alliance has organized a five-part outcomes curriculum within the regular sessions at the upcoming Annual Meeting in San Francisco. That means there is no additional charge to participate, but attendance will be limited-ish (trying to keep each session to around 30 participants to facilitate a more skills-based, workshop style). Just “favorite” the sessions via the conference app to make sure you are on the list.
As far as the curriculum components, it kicks-off with a 60-minute session (Thursday, January 9 @ 2:30) led by Jack Kues regarding outcome study design (yes, there is more out there than pre/post). On the following day (Friday, January 10), the Alliance digs into data…a 90-minute workshop on qualitative data (guided by Wendy Turell @ 10:15), a 60-minute quantitative analysis primer (steered by Karyn Ruiz-Cordell @ 1:15) and a 60-minute discussion of data ethics (yes, it’s a thing) helmed by Gary Bird @ 4:15. On the final day (Saturday, January 11), Karen Roy will direct a 90-minute workshop on reporting.
The intention of this curriculum is to empower learners in all phases of outcome study – not just highlight one particular area. Sure, you can cherry-pick sessions in the curriculum, but be aware that good outcomes speak to each of these five areas – focusing on just a few affects the credibility of whatever conclusions you eventually draw from your data.