Rheumatologists Worldwide Acquire Free Medical Education Through the American College of Rheumatology
ATLANTA, Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Rheumatologists who attend the American College of Rheumatology‘s (ACR) Annual Scientific Meeting are granted free access to online recordings of all scientific sessions, which include the latest in medical research, groundbreaking scientific discoveries, and skills training. In partnership with Peach New Media, the ACR has delivered more than 32,000 courses to thousands of international physicians, health professionals, and scientists in the field of rheumatology.
Online learning isn’t new technology, but in recent years it has grown substantially both in users and variety of offerings. According to the 2011 Association Learning Management Systems Report, nearly 78 percent of associations provide continuing education opportunities via e-learning. Webinars, online courses, podcasts, virtual study groups, and live mobile webcasting are just some of the ways professionals learn and share knowledge.
With more than 15,000 attendees, the ACR’s Annual Scientific Meeting is one of the largest information-sharing events for professionals in rheumatology worldwide. Peach New Media has partnered with the ACR to provide profitable online learning for the last six years. During the annual meeting, Peach produces a video recording of each session online and on CD-ROM within 24 hours of the session’s end. In the last three years, Peach has provided complimentary access to annual meeting attendees to view all sessions online via the ACR SessionSelect program.
“SessionSelect gives our attendees access to valuable education anytime, anywhere, as well as the ability to share it instantly with colleagues,” says American College of Rheumatology President, David Borenstein. “This kind of knowledge-sharing allows us to broadcast vital research and information beyond our typical scope, which affects the lives of patients across the world.”
The availability and simplicity of the service, which reaches more than 6,000 international attendees, has given the ACR a true global reach. Beginning this year at the 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago, sessions will also be viewable on mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.). Peach New Media also produces online content for the ACR’s professional meetings, which includes the State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium, Rheumatology Maintenance of Certification Courses, Review Courses, Clinical Focus Courses, and more.
“Online learning isn’t just changing the way professionals absorb information,” says Johnson Cook, Co-founder of Peach New Media, “but it’s also changing the way associations provide member value. The more successful groups are making e-learning programs a key strategic priority — and seeing dramatic results.”
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