Resources for Identifying Practice Gaps

Experts in your institution

  1. DME and Coordinator
  2. CME Committee
  3. Department Chairs
  4. Administrators defining work for clinicians
  5. Consultants/academics
  6. Literature Review - librarian
  7. Requirements

  Your learners

  1. Evaluation summary suggestions
  2. Needs surveys
  3. Departmental meetings
  4. Focus groups
  5. Requests from staff
  6. Informal discussion - hallway consults

  Places to easily find data suggestions

  1. QA results
  2. M&M or Tumor Board summaries
  3. Clinical surveys, chart audits, EHR studies
  4. Institutional searches/reviews
  5. Available guidelines/algorithms
  6. National/regional/state data bases
  7. Epidemiological data
  8. Massachusetts Medical Society yearly goals

  Existing institutional practices that frame CME goals

  1. Institutional priorities - yearly goals
  2. Clinical goals/standards set by departments
  3. Changes to facilities/clinics/services
  4. New approaches to care, use of teams
  5. Requirements for staff 

Looking outside your institution

  1. Topics on the news
  2. Community issues
  3. New results/therapies/science in literature
  4. Controversies at national/regional meetings
  5. Comparison with neighboring institutions
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