Accreditation The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement: The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AMDCP Credit Designation: This session has been approved for a total of management 3.5 credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
Session Description: Medical directors are leading their staff to focused care improvement by applying the basic principles of quality improvement (QI) in a variety of inventive and unique ways in this setting. Building on the successes of several AMDA Foundation training programs, QI experts and in the trenches practitioners will meet to skill build around the concept of "team science," including discussions of key strategies for effective research collaboration at the facility level. Topics will prepare Interdiciplinary Team members to participate in QI -- data sources, choosing a QI topic, the Internal Review Board approval process and how the IRB assesses projects, challenges posed by the issues around frailty and cognition in the study population, skill building on Microsoft Excel and how to use its statistical capabilities with QI data. At the end of the day, the attendee will be able to return to his/her facility and begin a QI activity.
Speakers(s): Suzanne M. Gillespie, MD, RD, CMD; Jurgis Karuza, PhD; Paul R. Katz, MD, CMD; Christie Tiegland, PhD