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ViralEd, Inc. is a physician-directed medical education company whose mission is to provide thought-provoking, effective, and evidence-based CME to help improve health care provider knowledge and professional development. For over a decade, ViralEd's team of dedicated professionals have specialized in using a blended learning approach that combines innovative technology with live programming to provide programs and medical education content that is unique, timely, and of high quality.
Examples of recent and ongoing ViralEd programs include:
The HIV Grand Rounds from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2010, this ongoing live program has featured well-known experts in HIV medicine and research presenting at the Perelman School of Medicine. The series has reached more than 25,000 participants in 70 countries with presentations ranging from basic virology and the origins of HIV to conference updates, new treatment options, and case studies.
The Viral Hepatitis Grand Rounds from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Building on the success and reach of the HIV Grand Rounds program, in 2012 we started a regular live and broadcast grand rounds series on viral hepatitis
topics. This program continues to provide important information on basic science and treatment issues associated with viral hepatitis and regular updates from major liver conferences by leading experts in HCV, HBV, and other viral diseases.
Virtual Patient Programs. These programs simulate the educational experience of working with live patients and take users step-by-step through the treatment process, including clnical decisions that must be answered correctly before moving to the next step of treatment.
CME Dinner programs. We regularly run a wide range of national dinner series in major U.S. cities; each 2-hour dinner program is carefully designed to create a unique opportunity for participants to learn from and interact with leading experts in a relaxed, open environment. Many of these dinner programs feature major conference updates.
Live Internet eSymposia. ViralEd regularly broadcasts live updates from major medical conferences, featuring experts in the field, including many of the researchers involved in major studies that are being discussed. These 2-hour live broadcasts are recorded and can be viewed on-demand on the ViralEd website.
Poster programs. We have prepared several video programs that feature experts reporting from major scientific conferences and discussing the clinical significant of important posters that have been presented at the conference.
Satellite symposia. These consist of large meetings that are presented live during major conferences, then offered in a recorded version on our website.
Newsletters. ViralEd regularly prepares CME newsletter, including updates from major international conferences and congresses.
Programs in Other Languages. As we recognize that many of our program participants speak languages other than English, many of the ViralEd CME programs are provided in either French or Spanish translations.
ViralEd operates under the belief that medical education programs that are engaging, even entertaining, are more likely to support learning and the retention of knowledge that leads to improved practice behaviors. Because of this, our staff and faculty are constantly striving to find new and compelling approaches for reaching clinicians with important medical information.
Outcomes Research and Reporting
ViralEd follows high national standards for determining practice gaps, assessing needs, identifying learning objectives, targeting appropriate learners, picking the best program format, designing tailored educational interventions, and measuring the impact of the educational interventions on learners for all of our programs. We feel that an essential part of the medical education process is measuring whether objectives have been achieved and participant competency has been improved.
We follow rapid developments in the field of continuing medical education and are continually evaluating and updating our outcomes measurement procedures. All activities include an outcomes assessment, measured at least to Moore's Level 4. At the conclusion of each activity, we collect and analyze outcomes data and prepare reports on our findings, which include an analysis of which activities have addressed educational needs, and which indicate that gaps continue and that additional education is needed to achieve the optimal results.
ViralEd adheres to the strictest possible ethical standards in all medical education programs, following or exceeding all national medical education guidelines and standards. All ViralEd CME programs are designed to meet or exceed the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).