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CPD Mission Statement

Purpose
Veritas Institute for Medical Education, Inc. (Veritas Institute) plans, develops, implements, and evaluates innovative, fair-balanced, and scientifically rigorous continuing professional development (CPD) activities for physicians and other health professionals. The focus of our educational initiatives is improvement in professional practice to further quality of care and patient safety; through an interdisciplinary synergy of health professionals, we seek to foster both excellence in patient care and cost-effective utilization of resources.

Guided by the validated needs of clinicians (e.g., national consensus guidelines, established performance measures, maintenance of certification [MOC] requirements, community health concerns), Veritas Institute’s CPD activities enable clinicians to improve their competence and performance in order to better treat, manage, and educate their patients. In concert with well-respected faculty, Veritas Institute:
  • Isolates clear professional learning gaps that lead to the identification of salient clinician and patient needs;
  • Creates specific and actionable learning objectives that link those gaps and need to CPD content;
  • Develops educational interventions to close the identified gaps, and assesses the results through rigorous educational outcomes measurement (EOM) methodologies;
  • Plans and develops educational content that is matched to the scope(s) of practice of the intended learners;
  • Designs educational activities that engage learners in their own education, thereby reinforcing learning;
  • Utilizes non-educational strategies that augment the formal curriculum to assist learners in implementing intended results.
Veritas Institute often works in meaningful collaborations with other stakeholders in the CPD community.

Content Areas
Current core therapeutic areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:
  • Diabetes
  • Pain management
  • Psychiatry
  • Oncology (both liquid and solid tumors)
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Genetic disorders
  • Diverticular disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
In addition, managed care and practice management topics, such as formulary issues, clinical practice guidelines, and quality of patient care are incorporated into educational content. Additional therapeutic areas may be pursued based on validated educational needs, as well as the resources contained within our organizational framework and those of our educational partners.

Intended Audience
Veritas Institute's CPD activities are provided to primary care, specialty, and multidisciplinary audiences. Veritas Institute targets health care professionals who practice in solo, group, and academic medical center settings. The scope of activities is both regional and national, and occasionally reaches international audiences.

Types of Activities
Veritas Institute brings educational opportunities to clinicians in a variety of learning formats. The type(s) of activities—when not predefined (e.g., satellite symposium)—are determined by (1) surveying learners to validate their preferred educational formats and (2) selecting formats that are most suited to closing the identified gaps.

The types of CPD activities provided include, but are not limited to:
  • Courses-local, regional, national, and international symposia, workshops, and teleconferences. Symposia are designed with a high level of interactivity. Veritas Institute incorporates the use of audience response systems (ARS) to enhance interactivity;
  • Interactive Internet-based activities with embedded EOM methodologies—The content of Internet-based activities is adaptable, allowing Veritas Institute to evaluate what clinicians have learned in real-time, and to update the content to reinforce any areas where knowledge gaps remain;
  • Enduring materials-Monographs and newsletters.
Expected Results
The expected result of every Veritas Institute CPD activity is the enhancement of the participants’ knowledge, attitudes, clinical practice behaviors, and/or skills, with the ultimate goal of improved patient outcomes. Evaluative methodologies are implemented as part of every CPD activity to measure clinician knowledge, competence, practice change, and whenever possible, change in patient health.

Levels of EOM
In our EOM work, Veritas Institute:
  • Applies a rigorous methodology, including statistical validation of metrics, data collection methods, and data analysis;
  • Employs the use of matched control groups (nonparticipants) to enhance the reliability of the findings;
  • Develops its EOM plan in close conjunction with the key content development and activity implementation milestones to ensure the most accurate and unobtrusive metrics;
  • Extracts critical educational end points from the educational content, which form the basis for the development of EOM methodologies; these methodologies range from questions that ask participants to rate their agreement (on a 6-point Likert scale) with “clinical assertions” that tie back to the educational content, learning objectives, and the overall validated educational needs, to multiple choice questions, case studies, and clinical vignettes that facilitate application of knowledge and measure competence;
  • Follows up with surveys 10 weeks postactivity to assess learning retention and clinician-reported changes in practice;
  • Determines statistically significant changes in clinician behavior—one of our greatest strengths.
Overall Program Improvements
Quality improvement is imbued in all of Veritas Institute’s goals and procedures. As a part of our continuous quality improvement process, Veritas Institute analyzes outcomes results, determines improvements indicated, and ensures that changes to the overall program are implemented. On occasion, when results indicate a broad lack of understanding, we clarify and adjust the content of existing activity content when needed based on review to continuously improve results.

Approval
Veritas Institute’s mission statement was originally reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee on August 7, 2006. Updates were made to the mission and were approved by the Executive Committee on August 26, 2010, on January 26, 2012, and on February 14, 2013.