MSMR offers free monthly continuing education credits to military public health, medical providers

MSMR offers free monthly continuing education credits to military public health, medical providers

by Briana Booker

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- As a Department of Defense resource for health surveillance, the Defense Health Agency’s Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch will begin offering free monthly continuing education/continuing medical education (CE/CME) activities through its peer-reviewed journal the, Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR) in March 2018.

Known as MSMR CE, this continuing education platform was developed in collaboration with DHA’s J7 Continuing Education Program Office, and Professional Education Services Group/AffinityCE. The goal is to update and educate public health professionals about epidemiological findings and trends relevant to the military. Healthcare professionals who subscribe to the MSMR will receive monthly notification when CE/CME becomes available.

MSMR CE will launch in March 2018 with an article about recent epidemiological trends in mental health disorders among active component service members. Completing and passing an online quiz qualifies readers for CE credit, including AMA PRA Category 1 Credit?.

“Research shows that continuing education improves health outcomes, especially when it involves multiple exposures and is focused on information considered important to healthcare providers. Our hope is to increase access to continuing education that is highly relevant to the military in order to improve the health of the population under our care," said Air Force Col. Dana Dane, Chief, Epidemiology and Analysis, AFHSB.

“We chose an electronic format because it is convenient, and efficient. Readers have access to content 24/7. Continuing education activities will be available for credit for one year following publication and, once earned, certificates will be stored for six years," Dane explained. "Readers can chose individual activities relevant to their profession or set aside an afternoon in order to participate in multiple activities ? like attending a conference without having to leave home.”

“Readiness is of paramount importance to the military but continuing education activities do not typically address readiness. By linking continuing education to information relevant to readiness, such as the annual burden issue, we hope to address not only healthcare interventions but also military planning and policy,” Dane added.

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