Primary Care Network (PCN) has been surveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for 6 years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.
ACCME accreditation seeks to assure the medical community and the public that Primary Care Network provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that supports US health care quality improvement.
The ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions' continuing medical education programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations of medicine in the US are the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the US, Inc.
Primary Care Network (PCN) was founded in 1997 as a not-for-profit physician membership association dedicated to improving patient care through continuing medical education. Our goal is to assist our members in better serving their patients with quality healthcare by providing the best patient-centered education and peer-to-peer opportunities. PCN provides education to primary care clinicians in a wide variety of program formats and therapeutic areas. PCN is ACCME accredited to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
PCN manages a network of over 177,000 primary care clinicians nationwide that is made up of 65% physicians and 35% physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Family practice and internal medicine specialties make up 75% of the network and emergency medicine, pediatrics, and OB/GYN making up the other 25%.
In 2011, PCN accredited 10 Best Practices in Primary Care live multi-day programs nationwide with an average of over 425 clinicians attending and over 40 educational activities hosted on our on line publication, Primary Issues. PCN also worked a variety of other partners to collaborate on both live and enduring CME activities.
Primary Care Network manages Primary Issues, an online publication dedicated to providing primary care clinicians with the tools to help improve patient outcomes and their practices through patient-focused content and exceptional resources. Primary Issues is designed as an online resource for peer-to-peer interaction in a full open-access, media-rich, interactive learning environment.
We work with a variety of partners, from medical education companies, hospitals, and medical associations to provide meaningful and clinically relevant continuing medical education to improve patient outcomes.
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Purpose and Vision
Primary Care Network (PCN) aims to achieve leadership in providing continuing medical education (CME) to primary care health providers. PCN strives for this goal built on educational activities that are based on adult learning principles, are independent, ethical and creative, and founded on evidence based medicine. It is our goal to develop activities that identify the needs of our audience through a thorough planning process, and deliver each activity to result in enhanced knowledge, increased competencies to provide better patient outcomes. It is also our vision to develop and implement the educational activities in partnership and collaboration with other experts in the field of medicine and continuing medical education.
The continuing medical education efforts of PCN are directed toward primary care healthcare providers and other specialists throughout the United States. This includes physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. While the primary audience is comprised of physicians, PCN recognizes the importance of a broader range of clinicians that deliver primary health care. We also recognize that the majority of primary care is delivered by family medicine specialists and pediatricians, individuals also seek and obtain primary care from other specialties as well.
Types of Activities Provided
PCN utilizes a variety of educational formats to deliver its activities including:
- Live activities
- Internet CME
- Enduring materials
The content of the activities sponsored by PCN includes a wide variety of topics that are pertinent to primary care clinicians and other specialists. Content area is based upon gap analysis and assessment of the educational need(s).
As a result of our educational activities, PCN furthers the knowledge, competence, and performance of primary healthcare clinicians. PCN is committed to measuring the effectiveness and impact of its sponsored activities to assess success in achieving changes in clinical behavior, awareness of health issues, knowledge of treatment paradigms, competence in implementing skills, and clinical performance. The results of CME activities sponsored by PCN are measured through the following methods:
- Pre- and post-activity assessments
- On-site pre and post activity assessments, for live activities
- Activity evaluations that assess new knowledge/skill acquisition, intent to change, clinical relevance, and achievement in meeting the stated learning objectives
- Post- activity surveys that measure changes in knowledge, practice habits, and/or change in patient outcomes
- Focus groups that assess relevance to practice
- Post activity knowledge assessment and self-reported change in behavior
- Patient Registry
Board of Directors
Brian Koffman, MDCM (Member and PCN Medical Director)
Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Keck School of Medicine, USC Family Practice
St. Jude Heritage Medical Group
Diamond Bar, CA
Eric Weidmann, MD (President)
South Austin Medical Clinic
2555 Western Trails Blvd.
Austin, TX 78745
Roger Selvey (Treasurer)
Sandy Bihlmeyer, M.Ed., CCMEP