CE: Thinking Outside the Box
Seeking CE opportunities in your neighborhood or at your
place of work? You can make it happen!
When we think of professional activities for CE credits, most
people think of traditional conferences and seminars because of
the opportunity to get away, network and obtain CE at the same
time. However, with registration and travel costs as well as time
away from home and work, many ATs steer away from traditional
meetings. The trend of using home study and online courses for
professional development continues to grow. While BOC
Approved Providers currently offer more than 500 home study
courses approved for ATs, home study and online courses are not
the only methods being used to earn CE. ATs are forming their
own provider systems and creating opportunities locally for quality
CE programming with low prices, no travel and topics selected by
them, for them.
Omaha Sports Medicine Alliance (OSMA) – This group of local
Omaha ATs gained BOC Approved Provider status in order to
offer CE to other local ATs. Each AT contributes a part of the
annual BOC Approved Provider fee to be part of the group. The
OSMA averages seven CE activities per year.
Breast Cancer 3-Day – Breast cancer walks in various locations
around the country raise money for breast cancer research. Prior
to each event, volunteer ATs earn CE for educational seminars
that pertain to walker and runner injuries they might expect during
the 3-day event. This is a win-win-win situation for everyone!
Continuing Education Travel Seminars – This company
conducts topics of interest to ATs in conjunction with travel to
popular destinations around the globe aboard a cruise ship.
Several organizations offer CE opportunities for participating in
journal clubs or monthly in-services:
Kettering Sports Medicine Center conducts monthly in-services
for its athletic training staff on topics like pitching biomechanics,
prescription drugs and athletes and managing mental illness.
Berks County Scholastic Athletic Trainers’ Association
conducts in-services on various topics including rate of injuries on
different surfaces, temperature concerns with artificial turf and
infection concerns and footwear.
Trinity Mother Frances Health System conducts in-services on
various topics including core strength training, hyperbaric oxygen
therapy and eye injuries.
Maine Medical Center Sports Medicine conducts an on-going
Monday morning talk series with topics including dermatology,
integrative medicine in musculoskeletal injuries and exercise
3B Orthopaedics conducts the 3B Sports Medicine Journal Club
If you or your colleagues are interested in information on creating
Category A CE opportunities in your area, contact Mindy Lindquist,
Provider Relations Manager, at MindyL@bocatc.org or visit the
Approved Providers section of the BOC website.