AFP to Host Free CME Twitter Chat on Antibiotic Overuse

June 26, 2017 12:12 pm Chris Crawford
[Female doctor tweeting on smartphone]

On Sunday, July 9, at 7 p.m. EDT, American Family Physician (AFP) will host a Twitter chat on avoiding antibiotic overuse that offers family physicians a creative opportunity to earn 4.0 Prescribed CME credits as part of a new blended learning experience (see sidebar below right).

Family physicians Kenneth Lin, M.D., M.P.H., of Washington, D.C., and Jennifer Middleton, M.D., M.P.H., of Columbus, Ohio, will guide participants through an hourlong discussion of the most effective strategies and tools available to curb unnecessary antibiotic prescribing. The discussion will stem from three evidence-based AFP articles.(772 KB PDF)

Areas of conversation these articles may open up include  

  • interventions to foster shared decision-making,
  • Choosing Wisely recommendations,
  • tools to facilitate upper respiratory infection diagnosis,
  • achieving patient satisfaction and
  • behavioral economics.
Story highlights
  • On July 9 at 7 p.m. EDT, American Family Physician (AFP) will host a Twitter chat on reducing antibiotic overuse that offers family physicians a creative opportunity to earn 4.0 Prescribed CME credits.
  • Family physicians Kenneth Lin, M.D., M.P.H., of Washington, D.C., and Jennifer Middleton, M.D., M.P.H., of Columbus, Ohio, will guide participants through an hourlong discussion of the most effective strategies and tools available to curb unnecessary antibiotic prescribing based on three AFP articles.
  • Participants will use the hashtag #afpcme to share tips on implementing these recommendations in their practices, learn what's worked for others and engage in efforts to reduce overuse of these medications.

Participants will use the hashtag #afpcme to share tips on implementing recommendations from the articles in their practices, learn what's worked for others and engage in efforts to reduce overuse of these medications.

Family physicians are responsible for a significant portion of antibiotic prescriptions, Middleton told AAFP News. "We're also a specialty that's not afraid to embrace change, and we value applying new evidence to our practices," she said. "We are in the right place to make a difference for our patients by leading on this issue."

Middleton said she hopes Twitter chat participants will gain new knowledge while also making connections with other family physicians. She said her experience participating in Twitter chats has been engaging and that they offer an opportunity to share ideas from a variety of perspectives.

"I personally find it much more valuable to be an active participant in any learning activity than to sit in a classroom and passively receive information," said Middleton. "I retain the material better, and it's more enjoyable, too. So, I'd definitely be on board with getting more of my CME through social media."

She said reading the three AFP articles ahead of time will offer participants an opportunity to reflect on their individual challenges dealing with antibiotic overuse, so they can come prepared with questions and ideas to share.

Here's How to Register and Join the Chat

Clinicians interested in participating can register for the Twitter chat by sending an email to afpedit@aafp.org with the subject line "AFP Twitter Chat" that says they plan to participate on July 9. The prospective participant's name, Twitter handle, and AAFP member ID or AFP subscriber number (if appropriate) should also be included.

AAFP Blended Learning Pilot Projects

A July 9 American Family Physician Twitter chat on reducing antibiotic overuse is the first AAFP CME event to use Twitter as its platform.

It's part of what the AAFP is calling its blended learning pilot program, which will include four additional CME projects that use various mixed platforms to cover topics ranging from the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act to hypertension to palliative care. These activities will formally launch and become available to all members in August and September.

The Academy plans to review participant feedback and other results from these events and use those data to plan future CME programming.

Interested in joining the Twitter chat but don't already have an account? You can sign up for free.(www.twitter.com) All health care professionals are welcome to join the chat event, which also is eligible for AMA Physician's Recognition Award Category 1 credit.

To participate in the chat, clinicians should log in to their Twitter accounts before the event begins and search for the hashtag #afpcme using the search bar in the upper right corner of the page. Sort the results by "latest" to see the stream of tweets that include this hashtag in real time.

Twitter chats are organized as Q&A discussions. During the chat, Lin and Middleton will tweet questions using the hashtag #afpcme. Each question will be labeled sequentially (i.e., Q1, Q2, Q3, etc.). Participants can reply to any question or respond to someone else's tweet by using the same hashtag.

"It's also helpful to signal which question is your jumping off point by starting your tweet with an A for answer and adding the number that matches that of the question (for example, A1 is sent in response to Q1, A2 to Q2, etc.)," the Twitter chat information page notes.

After the chat, participants will receive an email with a link to a post-activity assessment and instructions for claiming CME credit.

Questions about the chat can be tweeted to @AFPJournal,(twitter.com) or emailed to afpedit@aafp.org.

Give Twitter Chat a Try

Middleton said participating in a Twitter chat for the first time can feel a little intimidating, but potential participants should know that everyone's ideas and tweets will be welcome.

"I encourage everyone to give it a try," she urged. "You might be surprised how much fun it is to learn new information this way."

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