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Baystate Continuing Education Team Invited to Share COVID Teaching Experiences

July 28, 2020

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) recently called upon the experience and expertise of Baystate Health’s Office of Continuing Interprofessional Education (BCIPE) to learn how they are navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic.

BCIPE was one of five accredited providers from across the U.S. invited to speak with the Board of Directors of the ACCME in a virtual meeting on July 23, 2020, “ Navigating the Pandemic: A View from Our Accredited Provider Community.”

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Rebecca Blanchard, PhD, Senior Director of Healthcare Education, offered valuable insight into how BCIPE adapted to rise to the challenges of the pandemic and how educational activities were impacted.

Since the pandemic hit Baystate, BCIPE helped the Department of Psychiatry put on their workshop series to support resiliency in providers, which to date has engaged over 300 clinical and non-clinical employees. They also quickly moved to offer Medicine and Pediatrics Grand Rounds virtually—which resulted in an average increase in attendance by 30% and 20%, respectively.

Following her presentation, Blanchard participated in a panel discussion with her colleagues about how the ACCME can evolve to meet the needs of the learners and patients they serve.

In support of improving patient care, BCIPE provides continuing education for the healthcare team. BCIPE is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and American Nurses Credentialing Center.