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Pharm Friday’s QOTW: How Do You Create a Creative Continuing Education Program?

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 7.25.36 AMI’ve been experimenting with Anchor a bit these days, (naturally as I have a face for radio)! Each Friday, I recorded a question of the week with my company, Pharm, called Pharm Fridays (QOTW) and provided an answer or asked another question around it.  You can find my anchor “waves” or audio files if you hunt for my twitter account after downloading the app (@ErinLAlbert).

This week, I’ll be discussing the following question:  “How might we set up an award winning educational program?”  One answer lies in a program we ran at Butler a couple of years ago now for pharmacy continuing ed (CE), called 21 Flavors: Ideas on How We Might Improve Medication Adherence.  But, I’ve used this format in non-pharmacy and non-healthcare venues and had success.  Most of the tools I used below are free, or at least have a free trial to use if you want to steal and reapply this format for your educational program.

I submitted this program to the inaugural AACP Innovations in CPE Award for 2016 at the annual meeting in Anaheim, CA coming up in July.  Did we win? Well, I guess you’ll have to keep your eyes on the social stream here to find out.  Fingers crossed!

So, why was the 21 Flavors event innovative?

1. The “Unconference” format – we describe the unconference format above, however, we wanted to try having a larger cut of the audience participating as speakers at a themed event with one topic of focus–medication adherence. By having more of the audience members also serve as speakers, more voices were heard throughout the learning activity, which can increase the number of ideas and participation.

2. “Sticky” titles – We also used a theme of flavors or varieties of medication adherence and told everyone to pick a favorite “flavor” for their talk, in order to try and help the 21 different ideas stick with the audience. We also limited each speaker on what parameters he or she could utilize for their slides, such as more pictures, less text on slides, and less number of slides per talk. This was an experiment in more storytelling, rather than dependency on slides.

3. Short “triads” – We wanted shorter talks…we all seem to have shorter attention spans these days.  We also literally had a gong in the room and gonged speakers who went over their allotted time of 5 minutes. We actually reapplied ASHP’s pearl sessions with the stoplight learning activity model at this event, but raised the stakes with a very loud gong instead of a red light to keep the day moving! We batched speakers in triads for several reasons with reflection time, not only to give time to reflect immediately after 3 ideas, but also meet the requirement of the minimum block of time for allowing CE learning credit as 15 minutes.

4. Built in reflection – Not only did we want to keep it moving with 21 speakers and shorter talks, but we also wanted to have reflective time for tables to discuss the ideas immediately after each triad as well, to get the ideas to “stick.” Through 10-minute reflection periods in between a 3-speaker triad, small tables had more opportunity to discuss how they could utilize the 3 ideas in their own respective practice settings immediately, rather than waiting until after the event was over to reflect.

5. Learning and having fun – Some CE programs aren’t retained, frankly, because they are boring. But, very few who attended this event forgot it, as it was a fun theme of flavors of ice cream. We even created a Pinterest board for “pinspiration.” Although it was a learning event, it also was fun—“edutaining.” Learning doesn’t have to be boring!

6. We recorded it and shared it with the universe online – Not one of the 21 speakers protested when we decided to share the content with the universe live on a Google site, nor did anyone protest when we went to Drug Topics with the publication. Even though we did not offer homestudy CE online for this event, the ideas are still out there, nearly 3 years after the event, for everyone to learn from – and not just other pharmacists.

7. We built a free website with the content – As director of CE, I never before this event created a website to share classroom content. Thus, by experimenting with this content freely online, it helped the Butler COPHS CE Department grow other homestudy CE programs delivered online.

8. We turned the content into an enduring publication, for a wider audience – We never had any intentions of publishing the outcomes from this event in a national pharmacy magazine, but we did it! Article that appeared is online at our website and here: ways-boost-medication-adherence.

9. Interprofessional – We utilized a variety of professionals, both directly inside and even outside of healthcare to share their expertise on medication adherence.