Learn about Smoking Cessation from experts in an informative, engaging, and novel interactive format.
Participate in a Virtual Mini-Fellowship: case-based learning using simulated and actual patients, interactive activities, lectures, and access to web-based resources.
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“Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond deals with an extremely important topic in a novel format, with simulated patients and a great faculty of experts. It's highly informative and actually great fun to do. This program sets a very high bar for web-based education... or any continuing education. Highly recommended!”
C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD
Former United States Surgeon General
The ABOG MOC standards now allow participation in ABOG-approved Simulation Courses to meet the annual Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) MOC requirement. This course has been approved to meet ABOG Improvement in Medical Practice requirements for 2016. Please review the 2016 MOC Bulletin for further information.
“Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond: A Virtual Clinic” is an updated online training, based on the "Virtual Practicum" model. The training is intended for health care professionals who will be assisting their female patients in quitting smoking, in particular, patients who are pregnant or in their child-bearing years. Health care professionals include physicians, physician assistants, nurse-midwives, registered nurses, licensed practical/vocational nurses, nurse practitioners, certified health educators, other health educators, pharmacists, health professional students, and other professionals that may interact with women of reproductive age.
Dr. Sharon Phelan is your host and mentor as you counsel and assist three sets of simulated patients to quit smoking. The learner will be able to apply principles of the 5 A's intervention, a best practice approach for smoking cessation, which reflects current clinical recommendations from the US Public Health Service Guidelines for Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence 2008 update and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Committee Opinion No. 471: Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy. The interactive cases provide the learner an opportunity to explore the broader psychosocial dimension of cessation counseling, learn motivational interviewing techniques, and implement optimal and efficient office systems to support smoking cessation counseling and documentation.
This program offers various learning tools, including:
- Interactive case simulations and comprehensive discussions of the simulated patient visits.
- Mini-lectures on relevant topics from leading experts, including former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop and Dr. Neil Benowitz.
- Interviews with real patients who have quit.
- A dedicated web site of pertinent links and office resources.