North Carolina AHEC Program
spring 2010 newsletter | home

North Carolina Physicians Learn, Grow, and Improve Quality of Care

Last year, Wake AHEC provided 11,886 physicians with Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit in nine North Carolina counties. Without this education and the opportunity to gain the most up-to-date medical information and strategies, our state’s physicians would not be as effective in helping improve the quality of medical care for patients across North Carolina.

Additionally, Wake AHEC is pleased to report that they have again earned a four-year accreditation as a provider for CME by the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS). To earn this accreditation, Wake AHEC met NCMS’s new guidelines, one of which involves following up with participants after an educational event to determine if learning inspired changes in the delivery of patient care.

Another major new focus for CME is a concentration on improving quality in physician offices. To date, 24 primary care practice sites in this region have participated in North Carolina’s Improving Performance in Practice Program, aiming to improve care in asthma and diabetes as well as prevention of these illnesses. Physician participation in quality improvement initiatives can lead to credit for structured performance activities as well as the opportunity to meet the Maintenance of Certification Part IV requirement.

Wake AHEC CMEWake AHEC educational events and quality initiatives can be found at www.wakeahec.org. For more information, contact Diana Bond, director of CME/Quality for Wake AHEC, at ext. 00454.

Wake AHEC CME - Photo right: (left to right) 1st row - Kim Jeffries, Toni Chatman, Ruby Brown-Herring; 2nd row - Lynne Taylor, Debbi Hillman, Sandie Coleman, Diana Bond, Toyin Tofade; and 3rd row - Dr. John Perry, Susan Hardee, Cindy Kiphuth.