Internet Point of Care (iPOC) Activity
In day-to-day practice, physicians and healthcare professionals encounter
clinical problems or situations which require further investigation. Utilizing
online evidence-based sources to find answers to diagnostic or treatment
questions to answer clinical questions offers a means for a reflective
learning experience. Flagler Hospital recognizes this method of learning
as a valid, structured and self-directed learning opportunity at the point of care.
Needs Assessment/Professional Practice Gap
The clinical question will be the self-identified professional practice
gap. It may be based on a rare condition, a condition not managed recently
by the physician, a diagnostic dilemma, new clinical information, or controversial
Point-of-Care Learning Objectives
The specific objectives are to 1.) identify practice-based knowledge need(s),
2.) complete extensive background research on a clinical question, 3.)
reinforce clinical decisions through review of published evidence, 4.)
learn new information related to clinical practice, 5.) translate knowledge
into professional practice, 6.) improve patient care by utilizing current
The Internet Point-of-Care Learning CME Activity is directed to all Flagler
Hospital staff physicians, physicians' assistants and other credentialed
clinicians who's accrediting bodies accept internet point of care credit.
As a clinical reference tool, this activity is designed to facilitate quality
improvement through self-directed learning.
Teaching Methods /Approved iPOC Sources
The teaching method will consist of self-directed learning of a self-directed
clinical question through use of evidence-based medical databases, journals,
and books accessible through the hospital medical library/intranet site
or through personal subscriptions providing they are not controlled by
a commercial interest and meet ACCME independence criteria. A number of
resources are approved, but not limited to the following: CINAHL, EBSCO
Host, peer-reviewed Journals, ClinicalKey, MedLine, PubMed, Toxnet, UpToDate,
or government websites, such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
Food and Drug Administration, The Joint Commission, National Institutes
of Health, etc.
Participants will then complete a verification/evaluation form, which includes
documenting each source and citation consulted and describing the application
of their findings to their practice for each researched clinical question.
Standards of Commercial Support and Disclosure
Sources have been chosen to ensure independence, lack of commercial bias
and evidence-based content. The planners of this activity have no financial
affiliations relevant to the content. Commercial grants will not be solicited
for this activity.
How to Obtain Credit:
1. Access/research journals through evidence-based resources as outlined
in Teaching Methods/Approved iPOC Sources above.
2. Complete an Electronic
CME evaluation per clinical question.
Submit iPOC questions to Flagler Hospital Library/CME office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accreditation and Credit Designation
The maximum time associated for each search conducted is approximately
30 minutes. Participants may only claim CME credits through the verification/evaluation
form associated with each clinical topic or question searched.
Flagler Hospital is accredited by the Florida Medical Association to provide
continuing medical education for physicians.
Flagler Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.50
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s)TM . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent
of their participation in the activity.
For the purpose of applying for an AMA Physician's Recognition Award,
physicians may claim a limit of 20
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s)TM per year through Internet Point-of-Care Learning activities. Please contact
the AMA directly for additional information on the AMA Physician's
Recognition Award process.