Featured BOC Approved Provider
QWhat challenges do you encounter from other departments trying to offer continuing education?
AStandards for Continuing Professional Development in many disciplines are increasingly aligned, and therefore there are fewer challenges and more opportunities! Curriculum
development is becoming a streamlined process as the standards
for various accrediting bodies are revised to achieve one ‘gold’
standard – measurable outcomes that enhance clinician’s
performance and ultimately improve patient care.
QWhat resources do Continuing Medical Education (CME) Departments have to develop compliant programs compared to program developers in other departments?
ACME is a language that revolves around measurable outcomes and is ultimately a dialect of patient care. The CME Department is fluent in that language and uses it
to build bridges among diverse stakeholders. Interdisciplinary
education is increasingly valued, whether you’re an Accreditation
Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) approved
provider, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
(ACGME) accredited program, BOC Approved Provider or approved
sponsor of Physical Therapy CE. A CME Department can unite
an organization’s educational efforts and foster a collaborative
QHow can program developers develop and foster positive relationships with the experts in the CME Department?
ACommunication and lead time are the keys to a successful relationship! Introduce yourself to the CME Department long before the planning process begins for your next Continuing
Education program. What are your long-term education goals? Are
you looking to increase your organization’s recognition among
Athletic Trainers? Have you noticed a reoccurring deficit in patient
care? It’s okay to talk about these things without a specific program
or agenda in mind!
Our CME office strives to be efficient, but also methodical. Sufficient
lead time with discussion among diverse stakeholders enables us
to think through a program and discuss all the potential outcomes.
QWhat advice do you have for non-CME Department staff looking to comply with the Standards for BOC Approved Providers and BOC Approved Provider Handbook as they
develop education programs?
ALook at the evidence you’re being asked to provide and make that evidence your goal. The Standards are your roadmap to an effective education program that truly meets the needs of
Athletic Trainers and creates positive patient outcomes.
It’s also critical to your program’s success to remember that
measurable outcomes are the results of a dynamic planning
process. A thorough planning process takes time to engage
experts outside the clinical area of your program and may integrate
their feedback along the way.
For example, share your needs assessment with colleagues in your
Quality office and you are likely to discover stakeholders who also
want to close organization-specific practice gaps identified in the
assessment. Together you may determine that the most appropriate
program to enhance your patient care focuses on system-based
processes like diagnosis and treatment as opposed to advances
in disease and condition management. Your activities succeed
and ultimately patient outcomes are more likely to improve when
activities have champions across the organization.
QHow have the enhanced Standards for BOC Approved Providers impacted your program development and administrative processes to offer continuing education
programs for BOC Certified Athletic Trainers?
AAt HSS, our foundation for current and future success includes education. Across departments we aspire to the same goal: sustained leadership in musculoskeletal health.
The Standards helped to reinforce one threshold for all professional
education programs on our strategic roadmap to the future. It also
reinforced the weight of interdisciplinary education, encouraging
clinicians from different specialties to teach and learn from one
On a tactical level, we refined our administrative processes and
standardized our forms to streamline requests for information
from faculty, planning committees and activity directors. Because
of the cross-over between accrediting bodies, like the BOC and
ACCME, we were able to use some of our frequently used forms
and applications for multiple purposes, such as the EBP Category
In each issue of the Cert Update, the BOC recognizes a BOC Approved Provider for notable efforts
to enhance its continuing education programs for Athletic Trainers (ATs). Featured organizations
follow the guidelines set forth in the BOC Approved Provider Handbook and comply with the
Standards for BOC Approved Providers.
This issue’s featured BOC Approved Provider is Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), a BOC
Approved Provider since 1994. Amy Stair, Director, Accreditation & Compliance, shares their
company’s experience as it adapted its procedures to comply with the BOC Standards. Her team
includes Alison Goldberg and Whitney Arons who also work regularly with the BOC.
HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY