Point of Care

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Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of the Internet Point of Care Series is to provide structured, self-directed, on-line learning for clinicians with a WU faculty appointment on subjects relevant to their clinical practice.



Specific Objectives of Point of Care CME


  • Identify practice-based knowledge needs

  • Research a clinical question

  • Reinforce clinical decisions through review of peer-reviewed literature

  • Gain new information related to clinical practice

  • Translate knowledge into professional practice

  • Improve patient care by utilizing published evidence


Purpose of Activity

The clinician should be able to select and use appropriate professional, evidence-based, peer- reviewed literature to answer self-identified clinical questions to reinforce clinical decisions, to learn new information related to clinical practice, and to translate into improved patient care.



Needs Assessment

The clinical questions may be based on issues such as the following:


  • A rare condition

  • A condition not managed recently

  • A diagnostic dilemma

  • New clinical information/guidelines

  • Controversial clinical issues

  • Ethical issues

  • Clinical competencies

  • Unmet community health care needs

  • Health care disparities

Learning for this activity is driven by a reflective process in which clinicians must document:

  • Their clinical question

  • The sources they consulted to research the question

  • The application of the information to practice


Target audience

Practicing clinicians with a WU faculty appointment




All planning committee members were determined to have no conflict of interest to disclose. No commercial support is received for this activity.




In support of improving patient care, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.




American Medical Association (AMA Credit)

Washington University designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA category 1 credit™.Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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