Continuing Medical Education for Practitioners:
The University of Washington Continuing Medical Education (CME) office is the primary source of continuing medical education programs for clinicians in the Pacific Northwest. The UW School of Medicine also operates an on-line newsletter for physicians in the region. CME programs were advertised through this route, and specific information about this project’s activities was included on a regular basis. We accomplished the following:
Contacted the heads of CME programs for the WAMI states to offer them our training package which included physician workshops of various lengths of training time. We found that the heads of CMEs in the Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho region are very familiar with those topics that attract physicians to CME lectures and those topics that do not yield good turnouts. Unfortunately, they told us that our topic of brief alcohol interventions was a difficult one to promote. However, we were able to schedule and deliver numerous free physician CME training workshops. These workshops followed the same format as that described above for training resident physicians. These training sessions are summarized in Table 6 below.
The results of our survey of King County physicians are shown in Table 7 and are as follows: