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Continuing Education Overview 2016-2017

The AAMD is a professional organization which aims to offer a variety of continuing education (CE) opportunities for the medical dosimetry community. Please do not confuse the AAMD with the MDCB. The MDCB is a credentialing organization responsible for establishing certification and continuing education standards to enhance quality patient care.  

The AAMD offers continuing education through a variety of activities designed to enhance your knowledge, improve your performance, and satisfy your re-certification requirements. The CE activities offered through the AAMD are available in a face-to-face or online educational environment.  The terminology of CE activities offered are as follows:

  • Self-Assessment Module (SAM): A SAM is a self-assessment activity that is prequalified for SAM credit by the MDCB, or by a RCEEM status provided.
    • Online SAM: developed to specifically meet a CE objective and organized as individual online self-paced modules with quizzes for CE credit(s).
    • Journal SAM: developed to specifically meet a CE journal article objective and organized as an individual online self-paced journal article with quiz for CE credit(s).
  • Live Webinar: a live online education presentation during which participating viewers can submit questions and comments.  Attendees must be present during a live webinar to receive credit. The quiz is available for 2-weeks post webinar. After the live webinar, a recording of the webinar will be archived to the resource database for general education purposes.
  • Virtual Meeting: a recorded annual or regional meeting presentation offered for online viewing with a quiz for CE credit.  Any attendee who was present at the actual live meeting presentation can view the ‘virtual meeting’ but will not receive additional credit.
  • Recorded Presentation: a recorded lecture/presentation offered for online viewing with a quiz for CE credit.
  • Annual and Regional Meetings: live, face-to-face educational lectures/presentations during which participating viewers can ask questions and make comments. Attendees must be present to receive CE credit.
  • ProKnow Contouring Accuracy: educational media combined with interactive contouring and performance measurement compared to ‘gold’ contours provided by an expert radiation oncologist.  Additional fees apply for these activities.

Continuing Education Member Categories

 

Member

Member PLUS

All AAMD membership categories eligible: Full, Professional Associate, Student, Retired

X

X

# of credits included w/paid membership

10

25

Membership Cost

$200

$275

Cost for purchasing additional credits

$20/credit

$20/credit

Eligible for additional FREE CE credits offered

X

X

Minimum # of CE Credits annually with additional AAMD provided FREE CE offerings

15

30

 

Key Points

The expansion of the CE Center was specifically undertaken for a few reasons. We wanted to better serve our members who we know face decreased educational and travel funding from employers. Online CE activities can be done without the need for travel. In addition, members revealed the need for a variety of continuing education topics and modes of attaining credits, primarily because the Journal SAMs (which members were limited to until 2017) were not always relevant to their work. The current program allows more diversity in topics and methods of attaining the CE credits.

The AAMD will continue to offer free education to members and non-members during National Medical Dosimetrist’s Day annual celebrations, which will offer 5 additional CE credits.

Also, we will occasionally have sponsored CE activities that are free for Members/Members PLUS. The free activities will NOT count against the member CE allowance of 10 credits (Members) or 25 credits (Members PLUS) for the year.

We continue to make educational materials available (without CE credits) through the Resource Database [link to database], which is searchable by topic, key words, format, presenter, dates, etc.  This allows members to access educational information to enhance clinical knowledge or professional development. Any activities that expire in the CE Center will be moved to the Resource Database.

Q & A

Why did the AAMD develop the CE Center? The current AAMD continuing education program allows members to select from any type of activity to attain their CE credits for the year. The prior program offered limited activities, which resulted in limiting the types of activities members in each membership category could choose from. 

For example, previously – The AAMD Members category was limited to Journal SAMs or any free live webinars to earn CE credits. In the new program, all members have the same access to a variety of courses.  The current program is a vast improvement for everyone so that no member is limited in the type of activity they need to choose from.

Is there a maximum number of credits I can earn through the AAMD CE program? 
No. For the Members category, you are limited to 10 CE credits as part of the paid membership fee ($200). But you can purchase additional credits at $20 per credit or choose Member PLUS category, which gives you 15 more credits for just $75 extra.

A benefit for both types of membership categories is that the AAMD offers free CE activities during the week of National Medical Dosimetrist’s Day (in mid-August) resulting in 5 additional FREE CE credits.

  • Bottom Line: the AAMD is offering a minimum of 15 CE credits to Members each year and 30 credits to Members PLUS.  However, additional CE activities are offered through the CE program for an additional low cost with your AAMD membership.

What is the cost per credit for any CE credits that I want to purchase beyond the credits included with my membership?

Member          $20/credit

Non-Member  $35/credit

Why is there a limited number of credits per year included with paid membership?

Due to the difficulty in finding presenters and developing CE activities, there is only a certain amount of material that we can commit to developing annually while adhering to credentialing guidelines and providing a diverse CE program for the membership.

Our goal was to ensure we provided the minimum number of credits medical dosimetrists were required to maintain certification annually while improving the CE program for all members. For the Members category, you are receiving more than the minimum required annually to maintain certification.  Member PLUS was developed as a cost-effective option for members to purchase additional credits up front and take advantage of the full program developed annually.

How can I help expand the CE program?

One goal of the AAMD is to stay current with specific educational needs for all members. We welcome any input in order to create meaningful CE activities. Here are ways you can help to expand the CE program:

  • Contact the CE Committee with ideas for topics, presenters, and content 
  • Present a live webinar or recorded presentation
  • Develop an online SAM/series
  • Help recruit other presenters for activities within the CE Center