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Continuing Education Program Office

The Defense Health Agency (DHA), J-7 Education and Training Directorate, Continuing Education Program Office (CEPO) is committed to a timely, fair, and rigorous peer-review process for assessing, reviewing, and awarding continuing education (CE)/continuing medical education (CME) to ensure credibility of programs and activities. DHA, J-7, CEPO supports CE/CME programs to facilitate best practices, interprofessional learning, and military readiness. This enhances the knowledge, skills, and practices of the military health care team.

Mission

DHA, J-7, CEPO's mission is to:

  • Employ the latest educational and technical advancements and an efficient infrastructure that plans, approves, tracks/reports, and delivers CE/CME accreditation services for multiple health care professionals. This includes an accessible learning management system that is unified and relevant to the continually evolving health care system.
  • Disseminate evidence-based life-long learning.
  • Expand the scope of the CE/CME subject matter to meet the diverse and continually evolving needs of the health care professional across the military health system as well as implement a systems approach that integrates measures of access, quality, patient safety, medical readiness, and efficiency in assessing program effectiveness.
  • Demonstrate that health care teams receive quality CE/CME that meets the standards of our accrediting organizations and that is designed to be independent, free from commercial bias, based on valid content, and effective in improving the quality and safety of care delivered by the teams.
  • Continue to maintain good standing with our accrediting organizations and expand the scope of the CE/CME subject matter to meet needs of the health care professionals.
  • DHA, J-7, CEPO fulfills its mission by providing education and training for the Department of Defense's interdisciplinary teams of health professionals: physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, optometrists, social workers, psychologists, dentists, dental hygienists, dental technicians, athletic trainers, registered dieticians, dietetic technicians, health information professionals, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, certified counselors, kinesiotherapists, case managers, healthcare executives, audiologists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants. Learners are offered free learning opportunities that award CE/CME credits and CAs for accredited events.
  • The CE/CME program is also critical in aligning with two of the DHA's three main strategic goals: (1) optimize the DHA for greater performance, and (2) co-create optimal outcomes for health, well-being, and readiness. This is accomplished by institutionalizing a supportive learning environment, creating and codifying learning processes and practices, and providing leadership behavior that clearly enforces a culture of life-long learning.

Monthly Interprofessional Continuing Education Meeting

The Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) meeting happens monthly. Stakeholders from the DHA, Market Education & Training leads, Veterans Affairs, and others meet monthly to:

  • Provide CE/CME Accreditation updates
  • Highlight upcoming and past CE/CME activities
  • Discuss lessons learned
  • Plan
  • Make recommendations for future live and enduring activities

These activities result in a variety of learning opportunities across the MHS and for the greater global medical community.

Please contact our team for more information.

Clinical Communities Speakers Series

The Clinical Communities Speaker Series (CCSS) events are designed to address the professional practice gaps of our learners to improve the care that our health care professionals deliver. This CE/CME event is conducted to achieve results that reflect a change in skills, competence, and performance of the health care team, and patient outcomes. Collaboration occurs with the DOD, several government agencies, and other civilian experts for recruitment of academic subject matter experts, clinicians, and researchers to present on current promising, evidence-based research and best practices, thus enhancing the overall educational experience. Participants are expected to apply what they learned in providing patient care individually and collaboratively as a team towards improved patient outcomes.

Currently, we have multiple main CCSS events that highlight the following themes yearly:

  • Women’s Health
  • Children and Youth
  • Primary Care
  • Health Care Innovations
  • Military Specific Care

Live and home study opportunities are offered for each CCSS. To view the current (live and home study) events that are being offered, check the CMS catalog.

Please contact our team if you'd like to be a speaker or included on future outreach for these events.

Last Updated: August 15, 2023
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