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Available Courses:

Depression in Primary Care
Advising Patients on Advance Directives
Physician Counseling to Enhance Adherence to Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines


We have developed a new approach to CME for primary care physicians using distance education that stresses online interaction between participants and immediate practice change. This program can help you achieve Pay-for-Performance incentives and possibly board recertification requirements. Click the following links for more information about CME and Accreditation and Course Objectives.

Component 1 (One Module): Improve colorectal cancer screening effectiveness.

  • Patient acceptance rates for colorectal cancer screening are low, increasing risk for delayed and missed diagnosis.
  • Physicians will learn motivational interviewing techniques from interactive multimedia to boost patient acceptance of sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy and fecal occult blood testing.
  • Participants will have opportunities to practice these techniques with their own patients. They can report their experiences to other enrollees via a discussion board moderated by faculty experts in online learning, and learn from their peers who are concurrently enrolled in the course.

Component 2 (Two Module): Improve quality of care of patients with chronic illness.

Web-based modules will provide physicians with knowledge and skills needed to adopt the latest clinical developments in the target conditions of:

  • Advising Patients on Advance Directives
  • Depression


This project was made possible through a grant from the Physicians' Foundation for Health Systems Excellence and is supported in part by unrestricted educational grants from Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, The Olympus Medical Charitable Foundation, and Beckman Coulter. Copyright 2007-2010 Department of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine.

Olympus Medical Charitable Foundation

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