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It’s More Than Just Travel CME: A Case Study of How an Emergency Medicine Conference Addresses Educational Needs of Physicians

Version 1 : Received: 8 February 2020 / Approved: 10 February 2020 / Online: 10 February 2020 (04:05:21 CET)

How to cite: Dainty, K.N.; Penciner, R. It’s More Than Just Travel CME: A Case Study of How an Emergency Medicine Conference Addresses Educational Needs of Physicians. Preprints 2020, 2020020118 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0118.v1). Dainty, K.N.; Penciner, R. It’s More Than Just Travel CME: A Case Study of How an Emergency Medicine Conference Addresses Educational Needs of Physicians. Preprints 2020, 2020020118 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0118.v1).

Abstract

Introduction: Travel-based continuing medical education (CME) has become a popular format for physicians looking to combine education with travel. Emergency Medicine Update Europe is a biennial accredited CME program combining high quality Emergency Medicine education with structured group activities including cycling, hiking and social activities. This unique design incorporates innovative educational practices but as a whole has not yet been evaluated. Methods: This was a participant observation-based, ethnographic-style case study of the Emergency Medicine Update Europe conference in Provence, France in 2015. Participant interviews and embedded observation methods were used to collect data. Data was then analyzed using thematic content analysis techniques. Results: We describe three phenomena from the data that we feel are highly influential in the success of the program and impact on learning. These include “social engagement and a sense of community”; “the value of a stimulating escape” and “the ‘flat’ faculty-learner relationships”. Discussion: These unique features, prioritized by participants, seem to be key to the apparent success of this model over more traditional CME approaches. To our knowledge this is the first empirical research in this area and improves our understanding of how to leverage these more sociologic components for more effective continuing medical education.

Subject Areas

continuing medical education; travel CME; ethnography; emergency medicine

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