Director's Letter | Mike Fischer, MD, MS
The entire health care system is grappling with uncertainty. What will happen to the provisions of the Affordable Care Act? Will clinicians and health systems face major changes in how they are expected to provide care and how they are reimbursed? Will state and local public health agencies have support for the many initiatives undertaken in recent years?
As we wait for answers to these questions, the role of academic detailing is more important than ever. AD programs will face new challenges, and will need to understand how AD can be adapted to fit changing constraints and still have a beneficial impact on clinician engagement, the quality of care, and patient outcomes. At NaRCAD, we look at this unpredictable environment and see a mandate to collaborate and innovate, working with our partners to develop and evaluate novel ways to implement AD.
At NaRCAD, we look at this unpredictable environment and see a mandate to collaborate and innovate.
Planning for NaRCAD2017, our annual conference, is well underway, and the call for proposals is open. Submit results of your current work or your ideas for panels and breakout sessions that will let you share your work and inspire colleagues.
To keep AD growing and thriving requires an active pipeline of newly trained detailers, which we have just added to with our recent AD Techniques Training on March 30 & 31, 2017.
This spring’s training class came to Boston to learn the techniques of academic detailing in order to support important interventions, including better use of smoking cessation treatment for patients with serious mental illness, increasing HPV vaccination rates, enhanced safety of opioid prescribing, and improving the care of chronic diseases such as COPD, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, heart failure, and kidney disease.
Our trainees hailed from Canada, Brazil, and around the U.S., including South Carolina, Rhode Island, Idaho, Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas, Kentucky, Connecticut, and Colorado, bringing their unique experiences and backgrounds to 2 days filled with hands-on learning opportunities. Stay tuned for upcoming details about our Fall 2017 training, to be held this September--dates announced soon!
What continues to motivate us during times of uncertainty is working with the NaRCAD community, and we want 2017 to continue to be a year of even deeper engagement. Submit to the 2017 conference, share your ideas, suggestions, and comments on our blog, or reach out to us directly. We’re excited to continue to support your work and to build new collaborations--tell us what you need as part of our community of clinical outreach educators. -Mike
Biography. Michael Fischer, MD, MS, NaRCAD Director
Dr. Fischer is a general internist, pharmacoepidemiologist, and health services researcher. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard and a clinically active primary care physician and educator at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. With extensive experience in designing and evaluating interventions to improve medication use, he has published numerous studies demonstrating potential gains from improved prescribing. Read more.
Bevin K. Shagoury, Communications & Education Director
After another terrific 2-day Academic Detailing Training course here in Boston, it's easy to see how each new training class brings its own unique energy and important clinical interventions to the table. On September 19th and 20th, 2016, trainees from nearly every corner of the U.S. map joined us to learn the core, social marketing techniques of successful clinical outreach education.
While each training has its own unique group discussions and trainees, our 2-day course always includes presentations on the evidence base and history behind academic detailing, the best ways to evaluate evidence for your intervention, the foundation of behavior change theory for academic detailing, how to use educational materials in an effective way.
We lead interactive discussions, group activities, breakout role-plays, and for each training class, we customize a session encouraging the class to use the virtual resources on our Learning Center.
We hope you'll join us at a future training, and please join us for our upcoming conference this November, an exciting opportunity to engage in hands-on workshops, learn about best practices from experts in the field, and meet others doing similarly important work.
Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement of dates for our Spring 2017 training course--registration will open in January 2017. Learn more about our amazing staff and facilitator team, and explore our blog's interviews and events recaps to see how NaRCAD supports and highlights health education professional who are using academic detailing to improve health outcomes, one educational visit at a time.
Bevin Kathleen Shagoury | Communications & Education Director
Bevin manages NaRCAD’s external communications, working to magnify the impact of clinical education programs via strategic partnership development, best practices highlighting, and access to virtual learning platforms. Read more.
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